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Trump mocks Fiorina for saying she will vote for Biden

President Trump on Thursday targeted former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina for saying she would vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, rejoicing in her 2016 defeat and claiming he had “no complaints” about her decision.

“Failed presidential candidate (thank you President Trump!), Carly Fiorina, said she will be voting for Corrupt Joe Biden,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “She lost so badly to me, twice in one campaign, that she should be voting for Joe. No complaints!!!”

Fiorina told The Atlantic’s “The Ticket” podcast in an interview published Thursday that she decided to vote for Biden because she could not support Trump and elections are “binary choices.”

“As citizens, our vote is more than a check on a box. You know, it’s a statement about where we want to go, and I think what we need now actually is real leadership that can unify the country,” Fiorina said. “I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility and empathy and character. I think he’s demonstrated that through his life. And I think we need humility and empathy everywhere in public life right now. And I think character counts.”

Fiorina’s remarks came after John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, said he would not cast a ballot for either Trump or Biden in November and would instead write in the name of a conservative.

Fiorina was among a large field of Republicans who competed in the 2016 presidential primary that saw Trump emerge victorious as the GOP nominee. She briefly ran as Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) running mate after dropping out of the race, but Trump went on to clinch the nomination. Trump infamously mocked Fiorina’s physical appearance early on during the campaign.

“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” Trump said during an interview with Rolling Stone in September 2015. “Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”

Fiorina voted for Trump in the 2016 general election but has since publicly criticized him, supporting his impeachment last December over what she described as behavior “destructive to the republic.”

Trump often slings insults at those who criticize him publicly. Trump has repeatedly eviscerated Bolton in recent days over his forthcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened,” which paints a scathing picture of the Trump White House and describes the president as “stunningly uninformed.”

Tags 2020 campaign Carly Fiorina Donald Trump Election Joe Biden John Bolton Ted Cruz
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