The 2016 Republican presidential primary likely feels a lifetime away to many American voters, but that doesn't mean it's completely forgotten.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina came out in support of impeaching President Donald Trump, against whom she and numerous other Republicans competed for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
In an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Fiorina asserted that it's "vital" Trump be impeached, yet she still wouldn't rule out voting for him in 2020.
NEW: 2016 Republican candidate for President, Carly Fiorina, tells @PoppyHarlowCNN it's "vital" for Trump to be imp… https://t.co/mgZVdyyhHp— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Matt Rogers 🎙)1576525149.0
"I think it is vital that he be impeached. Whether removed, this close to an election, I don't know, but I think the conduct is impeachable."
Fiorina went on to criticize Trump's conduct in office, specifically during the impeachment inquiry against him.
Fiorina cited Trump's berating of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the decorated veteran who testified before the House Intelligence Committee regarding Trump after being issued a subpoena from Congress:
"Conduct matters, and some of this conduct...I think that conduct is not just unbecoming. I think it's destructive to our republic."
Interestingly enough, Fiorina said that Trump hasn't completely lost her vote, and that it would depend on who wins the Democratic nomination in 2020.
Her rebuke of his conduct in office coupled with the refusal to rule out endorsing him in 2020 was puzzling.
Impeachable and "destructive to the republic," but she might vote for him anyway. 🙄 https://t.co/jRirBABr3h— Eric Swalwell (@Eric Swalwell)1576516586.0
Carly Fiorina's stance represents the conservative movement in a nutshell. Deep down, they 100% know Trump is an in… https://t.co/r2Bc9POvOd— Adam Best (@Adam Best)1576515758.0
This is insane. Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says it's "vital" that Trump be impeached.… https://t.co/UheIfhM0Cn— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1576516193.0
Umm what? #Fiorina says 45 is "destructive to the Republic" and it's "vital" that he be impeached. But if he runs i… https://t.co/UgkqajY6X7— Sarah E. Olson (@Sarah E. Olson)1576522189.0
I mean it just makes sense. No, it doesn’t make any sense. NoPe. https://t.co/SP553XLnbQ— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast)1576519969.0
Some still considered her criticism promising.
John Kasich, Tom Ridge now Carly Fiorina. drip... drip... drip... Water's getting warmer Republicans.... https://t.co/JNtW1XbjGL— Rufus Gifford (@Rufus Gifford)1576514656.0
I'm telling you, the cracks in the GOP wall are going to deepen. And then all of the sudden, the wall will collaps… https://t.co/FDvs2muoKj— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (@Elizabeth C. McLaughlin)1576512987.0
More of this from the Republican party is needed. https://t.co/IpiybqDq1H— Jennifer Hayden (@Jennifer Hayden)1576513563.0
Despite losing the GOP primary, Fiorina was named as Senator Ted Cruz's running mate in 2016 when the primary was down to him and Donald Trump. Cruz is a vocal defender of Trump and is against the impeachment proceedings.