Ana Navarro, the Voice of GOP Sanity, Has the Perfect Cultural Analogy for Trump (and the Entire Trump Team)
In a viral video from earlier this month, CNN’s Ana Navarro called out Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes for her pearl-clutching hypocrisy when she defended Donald Trump’s now-infamous and super gross use of the word “pussy” and then scolded Navarro for using the same term. (“Will you please stop saying that word? My daughter is listening,” Hughes whined in the segment. “Don’t tell me you’re offended when I say ‘pussy,’ but you’re not offended when Donald Trump says it!” Navarro countered.)
In a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Navarro, a veteran Republican strategist, took the opportunity to speak further about the candidate she compares to Archie Bunker.
Asked if she was surprised at his rise to the top of the Republican ticket, Navarro stated that she had long ago stopped being shocked by the “jerk” candidate.
“I exhausted my ability to be surprised with Donald Trump about 12 months ago,” Navarro stated. Citing Trump’s personal wealth, fame and ability to manipulate the media as factors in his success, Navarro said Trump “was able to recognize the movement of people frustrated with Washington dysfunction. And he did to that movement what he does with buildings; he put his name on it.”
“And most importantly, if Donald Trump had not been a TV celebrity, I don’t think he would be where he is today. He has been judged all along as the jerk host of 'The Apprentice' we all got to know. Donald Trump has said at least 50 things that would have killed he campaign of any mortal politician. But he gets judged by a different standard.”
Navarro, who has become a social media favorite thanks to her on-air takedown of Trump mouthpiece Hughes, was asked by the Reporter if she has a particular “sparring partner” from the campaign she enjoys going toe to toe with. Navarro dismissed the team as a bunch of interchangeable Stepford parrots.
“I really do not have a favorite amongst Trump surrogates,” Navarro joked. “They all look the same to me. They really all sound eerily alike.”
Navarro, who was born in Nicaragua and came to America with her parents at age 8, also addressed Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric on the campaign trail.
“If Donald Trump wins, I’m going to be looking for a place to seek exile,” she said. “I’m pretty sure he’s planning on deporting me.”
Trump has gone after numerous reporters and other media figures who have criticized him, a fact not lost on Navarro. In February, he said that if elected president he would “open up” libel laws (as if that’s how it works), essentially suggesting he’d go around suing any news outlets that said anything negative about him. He mocked a disabled New York Times reporter, sicced his base on NBC’s Katy Tur, suggested Fox News’ Megyn Kelly was crazed by menstruation because he didn’t like her line of questioning, and has been declared “a threat to press freedom” by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Beyond all that, Trump has relentlessly gone after anyone who has ever uttered a less-than-glowing remark about him, reserving particularly nasty responses for female critics.
“He’s tweeted against me and he’s bad-mouthed me in the New York Times,” Navarro told the Hollywood Reporter. “I suspect he may have called some of my employers trying to get me fired. And I’ve received calls from some mutual friends who all tell me that he really isn’t a racist, misogynist, sexist pig; he’s just playing one on TV. To which I say, well, if I want to vote for a guy who plays a racist misogynist on TV, I may as well vote for Archie Bunker.”