Carly Fiorina Says She Feels Trump, Republicans are Disrespecting Women, But She May Vote for Him Again

Former 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said the GOP and President Donald Trump are disrespectful to women, but that hasn't dissuaded her from possibly voting for Trump in 2016.

Speaking to CNN's Poppy Harlow in a wide-ranging 'Boss Files' interview, Fiorina said she believes "principles matter" to her and other Americans, and that she "doesn't recognize the Republican Party right now."

"In this country, we pledge allegiance to a flag, and we pledge an oath of loyalty to a country. The 'party' is focused on winning. I think the Republicans are behaving the way they do because they think it's going to help them win," she said, adding that it seems like the backbone of the GOP is expressing loyalty to Trump.

But Fiorina also emphasized how she is "not an idealist" and sees how both the Republicans and Democrats are favoring partisan victories in the short term.

Part of Fiorina's concern regarding the GOP, she said, is the treatment of Republicans towards women and that the message from the party is "we don't value you, and we don't respect you."

Even so, Fiorina said she wouldn't rule out voting for Trump in 2020 and that her decision will depend on who Democrats ultimately select as Trump's opponent for the general election. However, if she were to vote Democrat in the presidential election, she added: "it wouldn't be the first time."

On the subject of impeachment, Fiorina said she believes Trump should be but perhaps not removed from office so close to an election.

"I think the conduct is impeachable," she said, also noting that she has been "bitterly disappointed" in the president's time in office so far, though Fiorina acknowledged that Trump has also done some good things while in the White House.

Later in the interview, Harlow pressed her on Trump's comments in a 2015 Rolling Stone interview in which he said, "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, hers the face of our next president?"

Fiorina said Trump never did apologize about the remarks about her physical appearance, "nor did I expect him to ... "Men making comments about my appearance...been there, done that, of course."

She labeled him an "equal opportunity insulter" and recalled her response to Trump's attempted walk back in which he tried to dismiss the situation by saying she has a "beautiful face."

"I did not acknowledge him in any way," she remembered of the 2015 debates. "His commentary about my appearance in any way, positive or negative, it is not appropriate. Period. He should not be commenting on it."

She also recalled the December 2015 comments made by conservative radio host Steve Deace in which he said Fiorina went "full vagina" during a Republican primary debate.

"I do think that the systematic tearing down of people, institutions, political opponents, will have long-lasting damage if it goes on for much longer," Fiorina said. "I think there is a reason why women, people of color, young people, don't feel affinity for the Republican Party. It's because the brand, the way business has been conducted, sends a message: 'we don't value you, and we don't respect you.'"

But Fiorina diluted her comments critical of the GOP and Trump by arguing that the articles of impeachment being debated by the House this week, including abuse of power, separation of power and obstruction of Congress are "not as immediate or intense as partisanship or policies impacting people."

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Carly Fiorina ridiculed the GOP and Trump but said she may still vote for him in 2020. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty
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