Carly Fiorina is morally and ethically unfit to serve as President of the United States. At the Wednesday night debate between the candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, she said,
As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.
In her article titled, Debunking Five Absurd Comments About Planned Parenthood From the GOP Debate, Emily Crockett, the Federal Policy Reporter for RH Reality Check said,
This is also simply not true. The only thing that comes close to what Fiorina describes is in this video, but it’s not at all what she says it is.
There is talk about heart-beating and brain-harvesting in a first-person recollection by a disgruntled former tissue procurement technician—but there is no video and no other witness confirming her story. The technician also acknowledges that the “heartbeat” was just a response to a technician’s instrument, and nobody ever says anything about keeping a fetus alive in order to harvest the brain.
The “fully formed fetus” that illustrates the technician’s story is just a couple of edited-in stock images, not anything from the Planned Parenthood undercover footage. One video clip is labeled as coming from a group specializing in anti-choice shock imagery, and the other was a photo of a stllbirth taken from the Internet that the family did not consent to be shown in the video.
It seems that either Fiorina didn’t watch the tapes and had somebody describe them to her, she has false memories of what she saw, or she is lying.
Carly Fiorina wasn’t just another loudmouth drunk yammering from her perch on a barstool in a crowded whiskey bar at the last call. She was a candidate for President of the United States participating in a nationally televised debate watched by millions of people. She was sober and calculating. Her remarks were premeditated. She was not speaking informally with a confidant within range of a live mike that she believed to be muted. Under such circumstances, otherwise reasonable people have occasionally uttered some grossly inappropriate statements out of anger or frustration that they subsequently had reason to regret. Instead, she publicly dared Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on national television to watch a nightmare-inducing video with off-the-charts shock value.
Who would issue such a challenge without first verifying the truth of the statement? More important, who would issue that challenge knowing the statement was false and why would they do so?
I believe the answers are clear. She wants to be the first woman elected President of the United States. She was so far behind in the polls that she concluded she had to do something terribly dramatic to get attention. She must have assessed the risk that her statement would be exposed as false and decided to go ahead with it anyway.
Has not Donald Trump blazed that trail unscathed and surged ahead of the other GOP candidates for the Republican nomination? Why are Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee talking about a government war against Christianity?
Their crass use of dramatic false statements to appeal to fear, prejudice, hatred and religious belief detached from a duty or responsibility to speak the truth distinguishes this group of charlatans and convinces me beyond all doubt that they are unfit for public office. They are not the only ones.
Despite the total debunking of the claim that Planned Parenthood sells aborted fetuses for profit, the Republicans in the House voted to cut-off all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Senate Republicans are unlikely to overcome a Democratic filibuster against the bill (they need 60 votes), but if they do, President Obama is expected to veto it and they cannot muster enough votes to overcome it (they need 70 votes).
Led by Senator Ted Cruz, many Republicans are threatening a government shutdown by the end of this month, if the Senate does not pass the bill or the President vetoes it.