Besides Rick Perry dropping out of the race, the most significant difference in the next GOP debate from the last one will be Carly Fiorina's presence in the primetime lineup. Another major change? Donald Trump ... oh wait, no, he's still a goon. This setup has all eyes on the expected showdown between Trump and Fiorina. After months of trading barbs about each other — the worst of which were hurled by Trump, obviously — direct, in-person exchanges between the two on a national stage should be something to behold. If the animosity from Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina's feud has been any indication, then these two will barely be able to stay in their podiums on Wednesday night.
For all intents and purposes, Trump and Fiorina are very similar candidates. They're both foraying into politics after long business careers, and therefore, they both promise to be different kinds of politicians, vowing to redefine the unstoppable political machine that is Washington. And perhaps it's because of this similarity that the two find each other so threatening.
While Trump has often aimed low when throwing insults at Fiorina, their feud was actually, surprisingly, instigated by the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who commented on Trump's buffoonery at a campaign stop in July. Fiorina made it clear that, though they might have similar backgrounds and political visions, "He doesn't represent me, and he doesn't represent my party." (Who could blame her for trying to disassociate herself from his nonsense?) And so the feud began. Take a look at the most biting quotes from Trump and Fiorina's beef that have America anticipating a no-holds-barred debate on Wednesday.
"You know Donald Trump is what he has always been, a tireless self-promoter."
At a campaign stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on July 7, Fiorina criticized Trump, who had just announced his campaign the previous month with offensive, racist remarks about Mexicans.
"I just realized that if you listen to Carly Fiorina for more than ten minutes straight, you develop a massive headache."
Trump didn't really jump into the fray until August, but when he did, he went his usual below-the-belt route. After Fiorina tweeted that she stands with Megyn Kelly (yet another target in Trump's war path), Trump began making misogynistic jabs at his fellow GOP candidate.
"Be careful, Carly. Be careful."
A few days later, at an Aug. 14 rally in New Hampshire, Trump pulled a stunt that was the political speech equivalent of a 5-year-old sticking his finger in his sister's face and saying over and over again, "I'm not touching you!"
Carly was a little nasty to me. Be careful, Carly. Be careful. But actually, I can't say anything to her because she's a woman, and I don't want to be accused of being tough on women. I promised I wouldn't say that she ran Hewlett-Packard into the ground. I said I would not say it. That her stock value tanked. That she laid off tens of thousands of people and she got viciously fired. I said I would not say it. And that she then went out and ran against Barbara Boxer for senator of California, and it's a race that should have been won, and she lost in a landslide, and I said, I will not say that, OK? So I'm not going to say it.
Trump exercised his passive aggression again when speaking to Maureen Dowd for an August 15 New York Times piece. After warning Fiorina to "be a little bit careful" once again, he then coyly said that he would never discuss Fiorina's looks. He will, however, go after Fiorina's voice (way more mature!), which he described as "staccato bing, bing, bing" while covering his ears and saying, "Eeeeeeeeee!"
"Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?"
Trump's sexism came out in full force earlier this month when Rolling Stone published a profile on the clown disguised as a politician. At one point in the interview, Trump is watching the news and, like the relentless heckler that he is, he throws snark at every candidate that appears on screen. When the segment gets to Fiorina, he blurts out:
Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?
No, dude. Are you serious?
"Maybe, just maybe, I am just getting under his skin a little bit because I am climbing in the polls."
After such an obnoxious insult, one might feel tempted to throw back something equally dirty. However, Fiorina took the high road and offered her explanation for Trump's hissy-fit behavior while appearing on Fox News.
"Look at This Face"
Fiorina also had the opportunity to make some serious digs at Trump in her latest campaign ad, but instead, she took his piggish comment and turned it on its head. In the video, she says:
Ladies, look at this face and look at all of your faces, the face of leadership. This is the face of a 61-year-old woman. I am proud of every year and every wrinkle.
Instead of putting down one man, Fiorina aimed to inspire millions of women.
Right now, the winner of this ongoing feud is clear, and if she can keep her head above Trump's lowly barbs during the debate, then we'll soon be crowning Fiorina the winner of the next GOP debate.