Days after The View host Michelle Collins called Carly Fiorina’s smile “demented,” the 2016 Republican presidential was invited on the show on Friday to, as host Whoopi Goldberg put it, “clear the air.”
Fiorina said, “You know what, look I’ve been called all kinds of things, Whoopi… I’ve been called a bimbo from the time I was a secretary to the time I was a CEO. I think we need to be able to have civil conversations in this country about our differences… so I’d just like to have a conversation about where we agree and where we disagree.”
When the hosts asked Fiorina how she could be an effective champion for women while holding conservative positions, like being pro-life and opposing raising the minimum wage, the former CEO turned the conversation around on them. Dismissing the notion that women must agree with liberals on a checklist of issues, Fiorina shot back, “You just went through the litany of the left.”
Comparing herself to Hillary Clinton, who has frequently touted the fact that she would be the first female president, Fiorina said, “I would never ask people to vote for me because I’m a woman.”
At one point host Joy Behar asked Fiorina why, as a public figure, she would even get upset about The View hosts making jokes.
“I don’t get why any candidate is exempt from my comedic jokes,” Behar said.
“Conservative women are held to a different standard than liberal women,” Fiorina said to Behar and the rest of the panel.
Fiorina has pushed back hard over the past week that being a conservative woman is somehow anti-woman.