Carly Fiorina hears only what she wants to hear, apparently.
In Thursday's GOP undercard debate, the presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard executive clung to the notion that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit, an allegation that a Texan grand jury declared baseless on Tuesday. Fiorina, however, is having none of that.
"Here are the facts," she said in the debate. "Planned Parenthood engages in partial birth abortion, in late-term abortion. They alter those abortion techniques to harvest and sell body parts."
To be clear: There is no evidence that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit. But the video at the center of the grand jury's investigation has proved a useful piece of evidence for Fiorina over the course of this campaign.
In September, she described a scene from this video — which was made by a pair of undercover anti-abortion activists and heavily edited — in vivid detail, saying that she would defund Planned Parenthood if elected president. Her statement was met with active applause. As it turned out, the scene she described didn't depict an abortion as she alleged that it did.
Despite facts that continue to point in the opposite direction of Fiorina's claims, she continues to put them out there. Which is exactly the practice for which she lampooned her Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in Thursday's undercard debate.
"She continues to lie to the American people," she said. "It's called the Clinton way...Say whatever you have to say, do whatever you have to do. Lie as long as you can get away with it. Hillary Clinton cannot be the president of these United States."
And by that logic, neither can Carly Fiorina.