Ana Navarro Says Trump Has Taken the Republican Party Hostage
-Welcome to the show, Ana.
-Thank you. -I am very happy
to have you here. For those who don’t know, you
were a Republican strategist. You worked for Jeb Bush.
You worked for John McCain. You were not a fan
of President Trump. You said you might even boycott
tonight’s State of the Union, but you had to watch it
for work. So did you watch it? -I watched it
because I was coming to talk about it with you. -Thank you.
So tonight I was the work. -If not, I would have
been watching “Orange is the New Black,” which actually
maybe the State of the Union with Trump
is orange is the new black. -There might be
something to that. It’s actually nice
to get out here — have you here
without a crowded panel. You’re often on a CNN panel where I don’t know how you guys
get in a word edgewise. Here you are
on a panel recently. You were actually
just eating popcorn. [ Laughter ] -And I think I’m gonna have to
get some more popcorn to get through
the next two years. -So what did you think tonight? -What did I think? I thought — I thought
he sounded like Sybil. You know? He had multiple
personalities in his head. So part of the speech, if you
had landed here from Mars, all of the sudden, and heard
the opening of the speech and the closing of the speech, you would have thought
this guy is a unifier. He’s an inspiring leader.
He’s a healer. He’s bipartisan. Of course, we’ve actually
been awake and living here for the last three years. So we know that that’s
an Oscar-winning performance. And then the middle of the
speech was Trump being Trump. Trump being the Trump
that we know, obsessed with demonizing
immigrants, you know, being partisan,
and so I think — I think that’s a lot of
what we had come to expect. And the problem —
you know, the problem is you only get one chance
to make a first impression. We already know this guy.
-Right. -So no matter
how much Kumbahyah he sings, the front of the speech and
the back of the speech, we know. -He’s gonna sing “Kumbahyah” but then push you into the fire,
“Here, be my human wall.” -You’re an immigrant.
You were also a Republican. [ Applause ] Does it — I mean, how is it
for you to hear him framing immigrants, continuing
to frame them as this, you know, evil that is sort of besetting
this country? -Well, unless
you’ve been living in the International Space Station
for two years, you know how I feel about it. -Yeah. -It pisses me off.
It angers me. It frustrates me. I think it’s —
it’s using people like Dream Act kids
as political pawns. It is really inflaming
the racists, the discrimination, and the divisions
in this country. I get sick of him doing nothing
but demonizing immigrants, except the ones he marries. [ Cheers and applause ] -Do you feel, though,
you know, you say — -I don’t know even know
why you’re asking me. I get so pissed off.
[ Laughter ] Get me some popcorn.
-I’ll get you some popcorn. It does seem, though,
he has brought the Republican Party with him, or some might argue
the Republican Party was waiting for him
this whole time. Because you watch
the State of the Union tonight, you don’t get the sense
that the Republican Party is upset by anything that he’s
trying to sell out there. Do you feel as though
the Republican Party that you were a part of
is lost forever or do you actually hope
it’s gonna come back? -Look, I hope it comes back, because I think that
for my community, for women, for all Americans, it is much better when you have
two strong, healthy parties competing for our vote,
earning our support as opposed to one party
that takes you for granted and another party that openly
antagonizes and attacks you. So I think we all
would be better if we had two good parties
fighting for our votes. [ Cheers and applause ] You know, dinosaurs
were not roaming the Earth when George W. Bush
got 44% of the Hispanic vote. -Right. -You know, so I look at it,
and I think that, you know, we’ve got to get back to a place
where it’s not this broken Republican Party
that we are seeing. I feel he has taken
the Republican Party hostage. It’s been a hostile takeover,
except that now these are — they’re willing fools, allowing themselves to be taken
for a ride by a guy who is really an elitist liberal
New Yorker pretending to be a conservative. He’s not.
-No, he’s not. But he’s doing a great job. He’s a far better actor
than I ever thought he was.