Carly Fiorina let CNN’s Chris Cuomo have it when he suggested the Republican presidential candidate’s rhetoric influenced the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter.
“Oh, please. Really, Chris?” Fiorina said in response to his opening question on CNN Friday.
“Do you feel any sense of regret about how you characterized what was going on at Planned Parenthood after the attack in Colorado?” Cuomo asked. “Because of what the man said which seems as though he was influenced by some of the rhetoric coming out of you and others that painted a very ugly picture and unfair one about Planned Parenthood.”
“What happened in Colorado is a terrible thing,” Fiorina said.
“This guy is a deranged murderer, and I hope he is put away for life. It may be that we should be classifying that as domestic terrorism as well. But that has nothing to do with the truth of what is going on in Planned Parenthood, and this is a typical left-wing tactic, to try and shut down the truth by silencing people.”
As the argument became heated, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO finally pointed to Cuomo’s lack of journalistic impartiality. “Careful,” she told the CNN host. “You’re a journalist.”
“It’s clear what your opinion is, Chris… I think you’ve bought the Planned Parenthood line, hook, line and sinker. Good to know that.”
Cuomo pushed back. “I’m asking you if you feel that coming out of Colorado, it gave you any new sense of the power of rhetoric and what it can do.”
But the Republican candidate would not take the bait, instead exposing the liberal bias by listing examples of Democrats using rhetoric that should also be deemed incendiary.
“It is unconscionable to deride people who are conservative, their rhetoric, but not to acknowledge that the left uses incendiary rhetoric all the time.”
“It is not ‘objective’ to say that the left-wing does not try and shut down conversation that they don’t want to have by accusing people of inciting others.”
Watch the sparks fly in the video, below.
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