Carly Fiorina openly accused “The View” of inviting her on the show on Friday for nothing more than a ratings grab after the show earned criticism for joking that the Republican presidential candidate’s face looked “demented” during the last GOP debate.
“I think ‘The View’ garnered a lot of publicity over this feud as well,” the candidate fired back after Whoopi Goldberg suggested Fiorina was publicizing their comments to boost her poll numbers. “I think that’s why you had me on your show at the top of the hour for a couple segments.”
But Goldberg insisted that wasn’t the show’s intention. “We didn’t put out any ads or anything,” she said.
Co-host Paula Faris came to the candidate’s defense, saying that as she did with her clash with Donald Trump, Fiorina was simply “trying to make lemonade out of lemons.”
“Oh, so you’re telling me that you guys are lemons?” Fiorina joked, earning praise from the comics on the panel.
Fiorina’s “feud” with “The View” began last week, when the panel mocked the candidate’s looks, calling her face “demented” during the CNBC debate.
“I am tired of being insulted by liberal feminists who talk about women’s issues when the reality is every issue is a woman’s issue,” Fiorina said on Fox News over the weekend before announcing that she would “face” the women of “The View” again this week.
The hosts also clashed with Fiorina earlier in the show over Planned Parenthood funding and abortion when co-host Joy Behar questioned how the candidate could consider herself a feminist while also being “against programs that let women make choices for their lives,” including raising the minimum wage, government-mandated maternity leave and abortion access.
Fiorina dismissed the accusation, arguing that she can be pro-women without having to agree with “the litany of the left.”
“Here’s the problem, though. The prescriptions that you’ve laid out aren’t helping women,” she said. “Whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life, the majority of Americans are horrified that we’re harvesting baby parts through late-term abortions.”
Goldberg quickly cut her off. “You know that’s not true,” she said. “Carly, you know no one’s harvesting baby parts. Come on, girl.”