Talk about holding a grudge!
California Democrats and MSNBC liberals just can’t resist an opportunity to trash-talk strong Republican women — even if it means rehashing a comment that’s a half-decade old.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was obsessed with blasting the former Hewlett Packard CEO and Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina in an interview with California Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer on his show “Hardball” prior to Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate.
“Senator, I’m a big fan of yours,” Matthews began the interview. Clearly, objectivity had already left the building.
Referencing Fiorina’s unsuccessful bid to unseat Boxer in 2010, Matthews set up a softball for Boxer to start ripping on the rising GOP star.
“So tell me what you think about tonight. I mean, you beat her, and here she is back going for president. Doesn’t make sense. Your thoughts?” he asked.
“Everybody has a right to follow their dreams but nobody has a right to win without proving that they really care about people,” Boxer said. “The reason I was able to beat her by really a landslide in a year that was terrible for Democrats, was because of her record. She had laid off tens of thousands of workers.”
Of course, it’s possible that the disturbingly liberal culture of California might have had something to do with Boxer’s win, but that probably didn’t fit her narrative.
Matthews also took aim at Fiorina’s image as a fighter for women’s issues, by suggesting that it was “ironic” she could claim to be the victim of an allegedly misogynistic attack from Trump. Arguing that Fiorina is actually part of the Democrat’s imaginary “war on women,” Boxer used Matthews’ setup as an opportunity to reference a “hot-mic” remark Fiorina once made about Boxer’s haircut.
“And you know, there’s nothing wrong with Carly Fiorina’s face. And [Trump’s comments were] so off base I can’t even go there. But she should have realized that when she attacked me because my hair style was quote ‘so yesterday.’ So it’s sort of crazy that she had attacked me on my hair,” she said.
Five years and a successful election campaign since the remark apparently haven’t smoothed over the senator’s feelings.
Unsurprisingly, a strong and successful Republican woman, such as Fiorina, doesn’t send a thrill up anyone’s leg at MSNBC.
That’s definitely something for her to be proud of.