One of President Donald Trump’s old Republican foes from 2016 is back in the headlines as the media searches for Republicans backing impeachment.
Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 Republican primary contender, told CNN that she supports impeaching Donald Trump, but there’s a pretty big catch: she might still vote for him. Talk about cognitive dissonance.
“I think it is vital that he be impeached,” she told CNN’s Boss Files with Poppy Harlow.
Fiorina: Impeach Trump, but also don’t
Fiorina expressed common complaints among more mainstream, establishment Republicans who predated Trump, claiming that his behavior is unbecoming the office and that he has alienated women and minorities from the GOP. She also suggested that the Republican party has become a cult of personality in which loyalty to Trump is a litmus test of party loyalty.
“Some of this conduct, like publicly berating a decorated war veteran who shows up in response to a lawfully issued subpoena of Congress, I think that conduct is not just unbecoming, I think it’s destructive to our republic,” Fiorina said.
The Republican businesswoman said that it was necessary to impeach Trump, but said at the same time that she isn’t sure that he should be removed from office, since “this close to an election, I don’t know.” She also said that she would not rule out voting for him in 2020, even though she is “very disappointed” with his tenure so far.
“Honestly, it depends who the Democrats put up, and I won’t go any further than that.”
GOP-lite launch effort to derail Trump
President Trump famously mocked Fiorina’s voice and appearance in 2015, saying, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” Nevertheless, Fiorina said that she voted for him that year because Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was a worse choice.
Fiorina’s interview came days before House Democrats are expected to vote to impeach Trump in the full House. It also comes amid a desperate search by the mainstream media for the — for lack of a better phrase — “conscience of the GOP,” as partisans in the media and the Democratic party ramp up pressure on Senate Republicans to convict Trump.
Democrats have already begun complaining about Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) promise to hold a swift trial in “coordination” with the White House ending with Trump’s acquittal.
A group of anti-Trump establishment Republicans including George Conway and other nobodies just launched a PAC to defeat Trump in 2020, the Lincoln Project, which claims to promote the so-called ‘real’ conservatism that Trump and Trumpism have “abandoned.”
Despite all these efforts, Trump is expected to be acquitted unless 20 Republican senators defect to convict him, which is an unlikely scenario indeed.