CNN: Carly Fiorina Has Faced More Sexism on Campaign Trail Than Hillary Clinton

November 10, 2015

CNN hosts Brianna Keilar and Dana Bash agreed Tuesday that Carly Fiorina has faced more sexism on the campaign trail than her Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

The topic came up after a Clinton supporter said Tuesday that he wanted to "strangle" Fiorina during a town hall hosted by Clinton, to which Clinton and fellow onlookers roared with laughter.

"I wouldn't mess with you," Clinton said, laughing.

Coupled with recent comments by the women of The View that Fiorina had a "demented" face, and Donald Trump making derogatory remarks about Fiorina's appearance as well, CNN's hosts said that sexism has been more of a problem for the only Republican woman in the presidential race than the Democratic one.

"Having watched the arc of all these Republican debates and these moments that play out, it seems like the sexism is really something Carly Fiorina is dealing with more than, say, Hillary Clinton is," Keilar said.

"It's true, and I was actually with Carly Fiorina in New Hampshire last week," Bash said. "She was asked about that a number of times, and her perspective is that there's more sexism for conservative women because, she insists, women who aren't conservative out there think there's something wrong with a woman if she is conservative, if she's not a liberal."

Clinton has tried to play the sexism card with her only major rival in the Democratic race, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.). Clinton said that Sanders' remark that she and others were "shouting" about gun control was a thinly veiled attack on her gender, but she was criticized by the press for making such a charge.