Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina returned to ABC’s “The View” on Friday, insisting she has “thick skin” after some of the show’s hosts had previously poked fun at her appearance.
“I’ve been called all kinds of things. I’ve been called a bimbo from the time I was a secretary to the time I was a CEO,” said Fiorina, who was off-set in New Hampshire.
Her remarks came after co-host Michelle Collins recently said Fiorina “looked demented” during the last GOP debate, while co-host Joy Behar said “Smiling Fiorina” should be a Halloween mask.
On Friday, the hosts asked if Fiorina, the GOP’s only female presidential candidate, was using the clash to her advantage and if she was trying to make lemonade out of lemons. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO joked, “You’re telling me you’re lemons?” and noted the show received publicity over the squabble as well.
At one point, co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked Fiorina how she will develop a “thicker skin to accept some of the humorous things people say about her.” Behar noted that as a comedian she makes fun of everyone, including Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits and former House Speaker John Boehner’s tan.
“You know what, Joy, you can say whatever you want. I’m not going to stop that,” said Fiorina. “And don’t worry—I have plenty thick skin enough to take whatever people throw at me.”
Her appearance on “The View” turned testy when she was asked about Planned Parenthood. “Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, the majority of Americans are horrified by the reality that we’re harvesting baby parts through late-term abortions,” Fiorina said.
“I need to stop you. Because … you know that’s not true,” Goldberg interjected, later adding, “That offends my sensibility to hear you say something like that when you know it’s not true.”
Fiorina had come under fire after the second GOP debate over what she claimed to have seen in a Planned Parenthood video. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,” Fiorina said. However, there’s no proof that such video exists.