Remember, Carly Fiorina?
She stood on stage during the 2016 GOP primaries, and the media tried to push her into the top tier of possibles for the Republican presidential nomination. She later bowed out and joined Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign as his VP nominee. That campaign team went down in flames after Indiana, but it seems she might be resurrecting her political chance to do it again, this time for 2020.
Fiorina’s Twitter timeline read as if she is mounting an attempt to take on Pres. Trump claiming: “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.”
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
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Here are the rest of Fiorina’s 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.
The National Review talked to a close source of Fiorina, and in an article, they said: “So: Is she going to run for president in 2020? “She’s not running,” a source close to Fiorina tells National Review. “She has no plans to run in the Republican primary against Trump or as a third-party candidate.”
I listened to the entire interview, and it sounds as if Fiorina is selling a book and defining herself within the GOP Party, but separating herself from Pres. Trump. In regards to the tweets, they sound as she’s running, but then I can say the same thing about Nikki Haley tweets in the past.
Fiorina’s 2016 run ended on Sen. Ted Cruz’s ticket as a vice-presidential nominee. It didn’t move the needle back then just as I don’t think it would now if she were to run in 2020. Fiorina was so unpopular in the primaries, she withdrew before Jim Gilmore on 2/10/16, and only Santorum and Gilmore received fewer votes than she did.
This does raise an interesting question: how will 2024 candidates handle the MAGA folks? Will every candidate be expected to profess loyalty to the president? Will any past criticism of the president become a deal-breaker?
…and as the lame-duck president (I am pretty sure he’ll win re-election), what will he say about any criticism? Do we expect him to sit by without commenting on the candidates and everything they say?
Anyone challenging Trump in the primary is only going to hurt the GOP in general by weakening him. They will not be the nominee. Their goal is to elect anyone but Trump even if that means a full-blown socialist like most of the Dem 2020 bench. So much for principles of these clowns.
I will be the first to admit that Trump is a very flawed man, but like everything in life, he is a mixed bag. Do I like and agree with everything he says and does on Twitter? No, but I agree with a lot of it however I do wish he would hire a Twitter editor to comb over all his Tweets before publishing them.
Again he is a mixed bag, but when netted out, I think an overall positive.
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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