Carly Fiorina, the Republican presidential candidate, tried to woo voters in Iowa, but in a manner which has resulted in her gathering more opposers than supporters.
— Simon Conway (@SimonRadio1776) January 1, 2016
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO started a veritable Twitter storm when she announced that she would be rooting for the Iowa Hawkeyes, who were playing against her alma mater, Stanford University, at the Rose Bowl, reports ESPN.
@CarlyFiorina This is expert-level pandering. Very competent. I expect nothing less from you! — JimmyNeutron (@jneutron1969) January 1, 2016
@CarlyFiorina "I'll turn my back on you to pander for votes!" Pathetic — andyyy (@aczaj) January 1, 2016
Twitterati expressed their outrage at what was a blatant example of political pandering with the Iowa caucus only one month away, reports Politico. Former congressman John Dingell was among those who saw through Fiorina's ruse.
Sadly for Fiorina, despite her support, the Hawkeyes lost to Stanford 45 to 16, and thus was born the #CarlyCurse hashtag, reports Mashable. Users took turns to predict who Fiorina should support next, and what not to do on a presidential campaign.
It would be awesome if Carly Fiorina could quickly adopt the Buffalo Bills as her favorite team. #CarlyCurse #NFL #letsgojets — Jeff Guillot (@JeffGuillot) January 2, 2016
Everyone in upstate SC is praying @CarlyFiorina doesn't tweet her love for Clemson. No more early primary state love. #CarlyCurse — Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) January 2, 2016
Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, took to Twiiter to support her alma mater, Stanford.
Congrats to MY alma mater. #GoStanford #RoseBowl — Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) January 2, 2016