Carly Fiorina went after Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump Friday for proudly touting an endorsement from Mike Tyson in the same city the ex-heavyweight champion was convicted for rape.
Fiorina, Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) newly-minted running mate, told reporters Trump was touting “all the tough guys” like Tyson endorsing him during a rally this week in Indianapolis.
“Sorry, I don’t consider a convicted rapist a tough guy,” she said. “And I think it says a lot about Donald Trump’s campaign and his character that he is standing up and cheering for an endorsement by Mike Tyson.”
In 1992, an Indianapolis court convicted Tyson of raping 18-year-old Desiree Washington, a former contestant in the Miss Black America beauty pageant.
Trump supported Tyson after the verdict and said in a recently unearthed interview that the boxer was “railroaded.” He further blamed Washington for going to Tyson’s hotel room “at her own will.”
At the campaign event, Trump cited a tweet from Tyson endorsing him, but no such tweet appears to exist from @MikeTyson‘s verified Twitter account. As the Weekly Standard first flagged, Tyson’s only tweets about Trump were challenging the billionaire to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in summer 2014.