Carly Fiorina confronts the women of "The View": "I have a real thick skin"

The GOP presidential hopeful's appearance comes after the show made a crack at her appearance

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published November 6, 2015 8:33PM (EST)

  (Reuters/Chris Keane)
(Reuters/Chris Keane)

Carly Fiorina took on the ladies of "The View" for her much-anticipated face-off today after a mini-controversy erupted last week when co-host Michelle Collins joked that the Republican presidential candidate's face looked "demented.”

Off the bat, co-host Whoopi Goldberg offered to cut the tension, asking Fiorina “we know you took issue with something we said last week – what’s happening girl?”

“We saw that you were a little upset with us about a comic comment that was made, so how will you… get a thicker skin to accept some of the humorous things that will be said about you?" Goldberg asked Fiorina, who has made the media rounds lashing out against the co-hosts' mocking of her appearance during the CNBC debate.

Explaining that she has “been called bimbo" throughout her career, Fiorina got snarky. “If you meant [the] comment about my face being demented as a Halloween mask as humor, so be it."

"I have a real thick skin," Fiorina insisted before co-host Joy Behar interjected, pushing-back that she has been an equal opportunity offender.

"You know what Joy, you can say whatever you want. I’m not going to stop that," Fiorina snapped back. "And don’t worry, I have skin plenty thick enough to take whatever people throw at me. I think there are real issues in this nation that we ought to able to discuss in a fact-based [conversation].”

“How will you get a thicker skin?” Goldberg pressed.

Paula Faris pressed further: “You’re clearly trying to make lemonade out of lemons, aren’t you?”

“Oh, so you are telling me you guys are lemons?” Fiorina quickly quipped back.

For the rest of the interview Fiorina refused to budge, pushing back against the co-hosts by complaining that “conservative women are held to a different standard than liberal women.”

Watch Fiorina's test two-part interview on "The View", via ABC:

Carly Fiorina Even Lies While Admitting Previous Lies

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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