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Ex-GOP Presidential Hopeful Carly Fiorina Is Pushing An ‘Uplifting Journey’ In Swampy, Snake Pit Washington

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Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Besides Rosie O’DonnellMegyn Kelly and, well, Stormy Daniels; Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sen. Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, Heidi Cruz, Heidi Klum and maybe White House reporter April Ryan; CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and Democrat contender Hillary Clinton, there were few woman in the 2016 presidential campaign cycle who bore the brunt of Donald Trump‘s personal jabs more than ex-GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina.   

Trump began with a hardball to her face, telling Rolling Stone, “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”

Fiorina is out with a new book that she’s pushing Tuesday night in Washington at a venue on Washington’s famed Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s called Find Your Way: Unleash Your Power and Highest Potential. According to a pitch, it says she “explores how unlocking your highest potential is not about creating a new plan; rather, it’s about discovering a path and realizing you have what it takes to travel that road.”

RightNow Women’s Network is the “ONLY DC” event focusing on Fiorina’s new book, a press release boasts. Sabrina Schaeffer, who sits on the board of directors of RightNow, and is a consulting director at White House Writers Group, will moderate a discussion. The topics include: “What is leadership? How do you define your goals? And what does it take to achieve your highest potential?”

How about this question: Why did she sit down for a job interview with President Donald Trump after he butchered her looks? Yeah, that happened. (RELATED: Carly Fiorina Was Just Spotted Entering Trump Tower With Kellyanne Conway)

“It’s just a very lame attempt at selling books to parents who want to buy their kids a book for graduation gifts,” a Washington reporter who read the book told The Mirror. “It rehashes a lot of the same stories she’s told on the campaign trail and in other books but really focuses on her business pursuits and the new non-profit stuff she’s doing. She talks about having a path instead of a plan, such as knowing where you want to end up, but not necessarily being like do XYZ to get there.”

The female reporter stressed, “I just don’t get why SHE is the person to give that advice. I don’t think it focuses on politics/DC that much. Avoids mentioning she is a loser! (haha).”

Fiorina, a former CEO for Hewlett-Packard, landed in a weak seventh place in the crowded New Hampshire primary.

She dropped out of the presidential race in February, 2016. For a quick seven days she was “Lyin'” Sen. Ted Cruz‘s (R-Texas) running mate, until he bellyflopped, too.

During her time at HP, the company laid off 30,000 employees, the highest number of layoffs in 64 years. The losses were blamed on a merger with Compaq. After six years as CEO, she was reportedly forced to resign in 2005.

During a later GOP primary debate, Fiorina was asked about Trump trampling all over her face, and the always well-choreographed and controlled Fiorina replied, “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.” According to HuffPost, “the moment was hers.” But was it? Or was it just beautifully planned?

Trump tried to dig himself out of his hole by calling her a “beautiful woman” to her face. But the moment was too weird to comprehend. And Fiorina, to her credit, wasn’t buying it. Her campaign later issued an ad in which she said, “This is the face of a 62-year-0ld woman. I am proud of every year and every wrinkle.”

The book sounds more like self-help-y Marianne Williamson or MSNBC’s Mika “Know Your Value” Scarborough than Carly Fiorina. It comes with an optional journal and DVD curriculum.

What’s next, a Carly Fiorna skincare line on Goop?

When Trump called Stormy “Horseface” in the fall of 2018, Fiorina came to her defense:

“I think the habit of insulting one’s political enemies is unfortunately long standing in this country, and he [Trump] has brought it to a new low,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. (RELATED: Carly Fiorina Hates Going To Strip Clubs)

Fiorina’s new book is supposed to be a “refreshing” and “uplifting” new high.

“I have learned over my life that people closest to problems know best how to solve them,” Fiorina said in a statement. “That’s why I wrote this book – to empower those facing problems in their lives, job and communities to solve them, and to help those around them become leaders, as well. It is my hope that Find Your Way will be a refreshing guide and an uplifting journey for readers – a contrast to much of what we read coming out of Washington today.”