Amidst the numerous condemnations of Donald Trump’s 2005 statements about women, the comments of CNN political commentator and Republican strategist Ana Navarro were powerful and eloquent. Navarro has been opposed to Trump since ha announced last year that he intended running for the presidency. After the story about Trump’s comments, for which he later apologised, broke, Navarro took part in several CNN panel segments.
“I think what Donald Trump needs to do is quit. I think he needs to stop being the Republican nominee. He is dragging the entire process down the gutter. He is dragging the Republican Party down the gutter. You have to understand, he cannot win. He is irredeemable. This is not something you can recover from. And the reason he cannot recover from this is because this is consistent behaviour from Donald Trump. This is not a one time occurrence.
How many times does he get away with saying something misogynistic before we call him a misogynist? How many times does he get away with saying something sexist before we acknowledge that it is he who is a sexist?
It is not enough for Republican leaders to disavow his comments, to condemn his words. It is time to condemn the man. It is time to ask him to step down. It is time to tell America he does not represent Republican values. He is a pig. He is vile. This is consistent behaviour by him. The only difference is that now we have it on tape and now we have it on video.
This man is not fit to be president of the United States. He is not fit to be the Republican nominee. He is not fit to be called a man."
Shortly afterwards she commented further:
“There is a minimum requirement of morality, of moral compass, of decency, of human empathy, of behaving like an adult, of behaving not like a sexual predator. And if you are incapable of meeting that minimum requirement, you can’t even talk to me about policy, because you’re not fit to be on that ballot.
It is time that not only Donald Trump thinks about what he is doing, but Republicans who have endorsed him, this is the time to disavow this man. If we are going to have a party that survives, we must disown Donald Trump.”
Later in the evening, as part of another discussion panel, fellow panellist and Trump supporter, Scottie Nell Hughes, objected to Navarro's use of the word “pussy” on television. Navarro was referring to Trump's use of the word in the leaked discussion tape.
Navarro on the right, Hughes in the middle.
“If you choose to believe him, if you choose to make excuses for him, that’s your choice. That’s your choice.
My choice is to consider him a disgusting man who has consistently disgusted me from the first day of this campaign. And I think every single Republican is going to have to answer the question: ‘What did you do the day you saw the tape of this man boasting about grabbing a woman’s pussy?’ Period."
“Will you please stop saying that word? My daughter is listening.”
"Scottie, don’t tell me you’re offended when I say pussy, but you’re not offended when Donald Trump says it. I’m not running for president, he is. Don’t act outraged and offended when I say the word, but you’re not offended when the man who you’re supporting is saying it. That is just absurd.”Maybe the Republicans should have nominated Navarro to be their candidate.
By the way, anyone interested in the origin of the word "pussy" to describe female genitalia can click on the following link to look at an earlier Bytes post on the topic, plus more: