Salon has a great article titled “Carly Fiorina is a liar: And everyone should finally just say it — loudly“. So I am obliging them with my headline.
She famously claimed to have seen a horrific video about Planned Parenthood. But when confronted by the fact that said video simply does not exist, she doubled down:
I’ve seen the footage. And I find it amazing, actually, that all these supposed fact-checkers in the mainstream media claim this doesn’t exist.
This week, she did it again. At the latest Republican presidential debate she complained about generals who were unfairly fired by Obama and whom she would bring back into service:
Petraeus, McChrystal, Mattis, Keane, Flynn. Every one was retired early because they told President Obama things that he didn’t want to hear.
First of all, David Petraeus retired as a general because Obama made him his CIA director, and later he resigned from that job because of an extramarital affair that resulted in a security breach.
Even worse, former general Jack Keane retired in 2003, during George W Bush’s first term. Keane even went on Fox News and said that he has never even spoken to Obama, and flatly said that her statement about him was “not accurate”. In other words, it was a lie.
Then the media asked Fiorina if she had misspoken about Keane, but again she doubled down:
No, I didn’t misspeak. But he has been someone of great experience who has been highly critical of the way this administration has not taken threats seriously and unfortunately he hasn’t been listened to. I would listen to him.
Does she not see the irony in claiming that she would listen to him, when he just announced on Fox News that she is lying about him?
The article doesn’t say much about what must be her biggest lie: that she is running for president on her business record, when her most recent job as CEO of HP was an utter failure.
What worries me about all this is the emergence in politics of a new breed of liars – people who are not only willing to lie for no reason at all, but also when confronted with incontrovertible evidence of their lie, immediately double down by attacking their fact checkers and even acting outraged that anyone would accuse them of lying.
As the article in Salon puts it:
She makes firm, declarative statements that are unquestionably inaccurate, and when confronted with inarguable facts that prove her wrong, she insists against all evidence that she is correct and bristles at the very notion that anyone might challenger her. She does not care. She does not pretend to care. As far as Fiorina’s concerned, the fact that she said it is what makes it true.