Carly Fiorina is being accused of ushering children into a room that was set up as an anti-abortion rally for a campaign photo-op. A parent of one of the preschoolers claims that the children were ushered into the room without the parents' consent. Fiorina was hosting a “right to life” forum at the Greater Des Moines botanical garden when the alleged “ambush” took place. According to media reports, Fiorina instructed the children to sit on stage with her in front of an audience of around 50 people while she spoke about harvesting organs from fetuses.
Chris Beck, a father of one of the young students, spoke out about the incident saying,“The kids went there to see the plants. She ambushed my son’s field trip.”
Fiorina’s campaign claims that she was hanging out with the children watching fish, and that they were having so much fun the children simply followed her with their parents into the room. Pictures show the children sitting on the floor in front of Fiorina who is standing in front of a large picture of an unborn fetus. The campaign maintains that there was no wrongdoing and that the children were just having fun and wished to continue “hanging out” with the candidate.
Some special guests took a break from the snow to join me on a walk through the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.https://t.co/KTMiQXZ3fx
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) January 20, 2016
Fiorina's deputy campaign manager, Sarah Isgur Flores, said the incident was completely innocent. "In Des Moines yesterday, a group of preschoolers along with their parents and teachers followed Carly right into the event she was speaking at for Iowa Right to Life," she said in a statement. "Earlier, she'd run into the kids in the Botanical Gardens and watched the Koi with them for a while. I guess the kids must have thought she was pretty neat because then their teachers and parents and the kids all followed Carly into the event complete with Carly stickers."
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