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Gloria Steinem eviscerates Carly Fiorina with scathing post on Facebook

By Andrew Tavani on September 21, 2015

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem blasted Carly Fiorina in a post on her Facebook page, saying the presidential hopeful’s commentary on Planned Parenthood at the Republican debate last week “was a 100 percent lie.”

“I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” Fiorina railed during the debate. “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 was referring to a series of “sting” videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress.

September 18, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina.  (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
September 18, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Steinem took to Facebook to criticize Fiorina over her rhetoric. “Trump’s greatest damage to women was to raise sympathy for Carly Fiorina by attacking her appearance,” Steinem wrote. “What she said about Planned Parenthood was a 100 percent lie — as fact checkers have pointed out — and she accused Hillary Clinton of lying when she was in fact telling the truth. If you thought Republicans could find no woman more damaging to the diversity and needs of the female half of this country than Sarah Palin, take a good look at Carly Fiorina and what she stands for.”

The famed feminist wasn’t the only one to lash out at Fiorina after the debate. Planned Parenthood shot back at Fiorina and asked her to stop repeating the “completely false” claims she made.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23: American feminist, journalist and political activist Gloria Steinem participates in a panel discussion during the White House Summit On Working Families at the Omni Shoreham hotel June 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Organized by the White House, the Labor Department and the Center for American Progress, the summit explored ideas like paid sick, maternity leave and universal preschool. President Obama on Monday ordered federal departments and agencies "to expand flexible workplace policies to the maximum extent possible," with an eye toward improving flexibility for parents. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
American feminist, journalist and political activist Gloria Steinem. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Several reporters who have watched all of the footage said the scenes Fiorina has mentioned simply do not exist. But she was taken aback at the fact that anyone questioned her and she defended her claims.

“Honestly, I went on national television the morning after the debate and George Stephanopoulos of ABC News told me that I was mistaken, that the tapes don’t exist, that the images aren’t real,” Fiorina told The New York Times. “Well yes, ladies and gentlemen, they are real and I will issue my charge again,” she said.

A new CNN/ORC poll released on Sunday showed Fiorina saw a major post-debate bump surging to 15 percent of support, good for second place behind frontrunner Donald Trump, who has 24 percent of support. In a new NBC News survey, also released Sunday, Fiorina is in third place, behind Trump and Ben Carson.

Steinem’s post on Facebook has racked up more than 26,000 likes and 11,000 shares since it went live on September 18. Back in June, when Fiorina was barely registering in the polls, Mark Halperin of Bloomberg questioned her about specific women in U.S. history that she considered a personal hero, and Steinem’s name came up.


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