Carly Fiorina, who ran for Vice President on the Ted Cruz ticket in 2016, has raised a few eyebrows today with a Twitter “speech” that sounds a lot like a prelude to a run for president in 2020:
In this country, we pledge allegiance to the flag, not the president. We swear fidelity to the Constitution, not the party. Our flag is a symbol of “one nation… indivisible… with liberty and justice for all.” (1/10)
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) September 9, 2019
Below are the remaining 9 tweets…
– Our Constitution is the document that protects those liberties and delivers that justice.
– When we pledge allegiance, we reaffirm our citizenship in a nation founded on ideas and ideals – not ethnicity, race, religion or origin.
– When we swear to “protect and defend” the Constitution, we promise to uphold the rights, the laws and the institutions that define and govern our nation.
– When did so many Republicans decide that we should also pledge allegiance to The Party and swear fidelity to President Trump? I have been called “disloyal” because I am critical of Trump.
– I am not alone. Many others have been intimidated into silence or compelled to defend the indefensible.
– It is not a citizen’s role to be a “loyal fan” of one side or the other. We have no obligation to follow party orthodoxy, whatever it is. When we silence our voices, we relinquish our power as citizen leaders to shape the nation.
– We abdicate our responsibility to help create a “more perfect union.” And in this country, the citizen, not the President, is sovereign.
– Every elected official, including the President, is there to serve the citizenry, not the other way around. It is not a citizen’s job to “be loyal”; it is the official’s job to earn our loyalty. And when they cannot, we vote them out of office.
– As citizens it is both our responsibility and our right to hold elected officials accountable: for their words, their actions and the consequences of both.
It’s hard to read that and not thing she’s running for president. I don’t know if she is running, but if she were to jump into the GOP primary fray she would by far be the most challenging candidate for Trump to deal with, much more so than either Walsh or Sanford.
I honestly haven’t followed Fiorina since her 2016 meeting with Trump that was rumored to be for the Director of Intelligence, so I don’t know if she’s just moderately critical of Trump or a hardcore Never Trumper. But from the way she sounds in this video from a few months ago, I believe it’s the latter:
Note what Carly said when she was asked what should happen to Trump’s presidency in the aftermath of the Mueller report (after 6 min mark): “For people who want him out of that White House, he has to be beaten. He has to be beaten, fair and square, in an election”.
That plus the above Twitter speech? I’d say she’s running…