Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and unsuccessful 2016 Republican presidential candidate, is no big fan of President Donald Trump, and she has made it clear that she does not appreciate his bombastic style and blunt rhetoric.
In a recent interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow, Fiorina said it was “vital” that Trump be impeached — though she demurred on the prospect of removal — even as she left the door open to voting for his re-election in 2020, Breitbart reported.
Fiorina: Impeachment is “vital”
Asked if President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, Fiorina replied, “I think he is going to be impeached and I think he won’t be removed from office.”
Pressed on whether he should be ousted from office, she said, “I think it is vital that he be impeached — whether removed this close to an election, I don’t know.”
“But I think the conduct is impeachable and what I regret is that the principles that are being debated in this impeachment trial — separation of powers, abuse of power, obstruction of Congress — those principles are not as immediate or intense as partisanship or people’s belief that the policies that I care about impact me personally,” she explained.
As an example of the personal aspect of things, Fiorina pointed to the “pro-life community” who’ve been consistently “disrespected” by Democrats and would likely stand strong in support of President Trump no matter what, due to his strong stance in support of an issue that is personal for them.
Principles over party
Fiorina predicted that Republicans would be unlikely to “break ranks” and turn against President Trump during an impeachment trial.
Asked if she had any sort of message for those Republicans in the House and Senate, she essentially said that they needed to place their country and their principles ahead of their careers and the party.
“Our Constitution was based on a fundamental belief that power concentrated is power abused. And we have to stand up for that principle. In the near term, it may cost. But in the long term, those principles are everything,” Fiorina said.
May support Trump in 2020
Politico reported that, in spite of their contentious relationship during the 2016 primary, Fiorina admitted to having voted for Trump in that election, largely due to her disapproval of Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton.
Furthermore, she noted that she had been both pleased and “bitterly disappointed” by certain aspects of his presidency, and she didn’t rule out potentially voting for him again in 2020, saying, “Honestly, it depends who the Democrats put up.”
It is no surprise that Carly Fiorina is not a staunch supporter of President Trump and backs the effort to impeach him. But at least she is rational enough to understand that his removal from office is unlikely and to also admit that, for all of his faults, odds are that he will still be the better choice for president over whomever the Democrats nominate in 2020.