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Carly Fiorina: Donald Trump ‘views women as something to be used’

May 14, 2019

Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Tuesday that President Trump sees women as “something to be used.”

“He’s so routinely dismissive of women, the way he talks about women, and on the other hand, he’s put a lot of women in really important jobs. I think he views women as something to be used. On the other hand, I think he views people as something to be used,” Ms. Fiorina told Yahoo News’ “Through Her Eyes” show.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO said this is a broader symptom of the Republican Party, whose ranks only include 21 women.

“I think the Republican Party routinely dismisses and diminishes women, to be honest with you,“Ms. Fiorina said.

“If you look at the women senators in the Republican Party, they’re pretty much discounted until their vote is needed. That’s not OK. And so women look at that and they say, ‘Gee, maybe I don’t matter in the Republican Party,’ ” she said.

“I would quickly add, I think that Democrats have politicized women in a way that’s very unfortunate. It was Democratic women’s organizations that called my candidacy an ‘offense to women,’ and they called me ‘an offense to women’ because they didn’t agree with me. That’s not right either,” Ms. Fiorina said.

“Women are half the nation, we’re half the world. We’re not going to agree all the time. In fact, we’re going to disagree a lot, and that can’t be a cause for some women to say, ‘You’re less than we are because you don’t agree with our policies,’ ” she said.

Ms. Fiorina lost to Mr. Trump in the 2016 GOP primary and has quipped with the president in the past.

During the 2016 race, Mr. Trump received backlash for remarks many thought were sexist, saying:“Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”

Ms. Fiorina responded:“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”