On Wednesday, Carly Fiorina just happened to give a speech on the dangers of abortion and organ harvesting in front of a group of small, bored-looking toddlers. One of the many problems with that scene, say the kids’ parents, is that she liberated them from a school trip without permission.
The kids were apparently on a school-sponsored field trip to the Greater Des Moines botanical garden, where Fiorina was coincidentally hosting a “right to life” forum.
The optics were good for Fiorina, I guess—certainly better than the “elderly” group that voluntarily showed up to see her. But the parents weren’t as pleased to see their babies linked to Fiorina, who is currently polling at 1.5 percent.
“The kids went there to see the plants,” Chris Beck, the father of one of the four-year-olds featured in the above photograph, told the Guardian. “She ambushed my son’s field trip.”
“Taking them into a pro-life/abortion discussion [was] very poor taste and judgment,” Beck said. “I would not want my four-year-old going to that forum – he can’t fully comprehend that stuff. He likes dinosaurs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers.”
Fiorina did not directly comment on the allegations, telling the paper via a spokesperson that, “We were happy that these children chose to come to Carly’s event with their adult supervisor.”
Unsurprising, considering Fiorina’s limited understanding of the concept of “choice.”