Gloria Steinem schools Carly Fiorina: Why she's more damaging for women than Sarah Palin

Donald Trump's "greatest damage to women," the feminist icon argued, "was to raise sympathy for Carly Fiorina"

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published September 24, 2015 4:55PM (EDT)

Carly Fiorina (Reuters/Mike Theiler)
Carly Fiorina (Reuters/Mike Theiler)

After last week's GOP debates, feminist icon Gloria Steinem took to Facebook to call out the only woman on the debate stage, Carly Fiorina, for lying.

"What she said about Planned Parenthood was a 100% lie," Steinem wrote, pointing to the countless fact-checks disproving Fiorina's push to promote a series of selectively edited undercover videos claiming to expose the women's health care provider discussing the sale of fetal tissue donation.

“I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” Fiorina said last week, referring to the videos.

"She accused Hillary Clinton of lying when she was in fact telling the truth," Steinem continued. The Democratic candidate called out the "misleading" and "inaccurate" attacks on Planned Parenthood during her recent appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation," and Planned Parenthood has also specifically called out Fiorina for her disingenuous attacks. "There is no polite way to say this: Carly Fiorina is lying,” Eric Ferrero, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood, wrote in a statement on Wednesday.

But Steinem blamed Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for raising sympathy levels for the failed Silicon Valley executive, allowing her to get away with such distortions, with his sexist attacks on her appearance.

“Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” Trump recently asked, pointing to an image of Fiorina on the television. Fiorina has seen her polls numbers surge in recent days as she's brushed off Trump's sexist attacks.

"If you thought Republicans could find no woman more damaging to the diversity and needs of the female half of this country than Sarah Palin," Steinem contended, "take a good look at Carly Fiorina and what she stands for":

Trump's greatest damage to women was to raise sympathy for Carly Fiorina by attacking her appearance. What she said...

Posted by Gloria Steinem on Friday, September 18, 2015

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(h/t Women in the World)

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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