Carly Fiorina kicked off the new year by creating a social media firestorm after she tweeted what many saw as the ultimate in political pandering.
In a tweet on Friday, just before kickoff in Pasadena, California’s Rose Bowl, the Republican candidate announced that she would be rooting for the University of Iowa’s football team. The problem with this? Fiorina’s alma mater, Stanford, was the opposing team and with the Iowa caucus only a month away, her comment was seen as insincere at best.
Love my alma mater, but rooting for a Hawkeyes win today. #RoseBowl
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) January 1, 2016
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO was immediately slammed by Twitter users, including Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan who called Fiorina’s tweet “insulting to voters in Iowa (and everywhere).”
Why would you root for the Hawkeyes? This is insulting to voters in Iowa (and everywhere). https://t.co/4UvjIGYSun
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) January 1, 2016
— Simon Conway (@SimonRadio1776) January 1, 2016
@CarlyFiorina This is expert-level pandering. Very competent. I expect nothing less from you!
— JimmyNeutron (@jneutron1969) January 1, 2016
Conservative Iowa radio host, Steve Deace, called the candidate’s words “phony.”
Phony pandering that is not going to yield the desired result. https://t.co/JEAGX7KNwF
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) January 1, 2016
@CarlyFiorina “I’ll turn my back on you to pander for votes!” Pathetic
— andyyy (@aczaj) January 1, 2016
@CarlyFiorina You can pander better than this.
— Doug Piker (F3Toto) (@honeycut1) January 1, 2016
— RedBrightandTrue (@RedBrightandTru) January 1, 2016
Fiorina graduated Stanford in 1976 and underwent surgery in 2009 at the school’s hospital after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
As Stanford defeated Iowa 45-16 to become Rose Bowl champions, a new hashtag #CarlyCurse spread through social media.
In 11 words (and 1 hashtag), this Carly Fiorina tweet encapsulates everything people hate about politics. https://t.co/kOrCVWaXcf
— Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) January 1, 2016
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) January 1, 2016
— Josh Falzone (@JoshFalzone) January 1, 2016
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) January 1, 2016
@pauldemko neither teams are located in early primaries states
— Emanuel (@xmannyx) January 2, 2016
Am I wrong to think Carly Fiorina’s political legacy will be a hashtag? #CarlyCurse
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 1, 2016
One Twitter user summed up the disastrous episode this way:
— Ron Brown (@downtownronnieb) January 1, 2016
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