With the Republican in-fighting surrounding Donald Trump erupting again on Monday, CNN conservative commentator Ana Navarro explained what it would take for her to throw her support behind the party’s presumptive presidential nominee.
“I’m not sure there’s anything he could do to win me over,” Navarro told host Erin Burnett. “Maybe if the Virgin Mary appeared to me and asked me to do it I would consider it — maybe.”
Burnett pointed out that, according to a CNN poll taken between July 13 and 16, 44 percent of Republicans wish that someone other than Trump were this year’s nominee.
The “Never Trump” movement, as it is called, erupted on the Republican National Convention floor earlier in the day after it failed in its attempt to put the issue to a roll-call vote.
Navarro, who worked for Jeb Bush when he was governor of Florida, then criticized one of Trump’s aides, Paul Manafort, for saying that Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) was “embarrassing his state” for not attending the event.
“What a ridiculously stupid thing to do,” she said of the remark. “Go attack Hillary Clinton. You are not running against John Kasich. Whether you like him or not, whether he likes you or not, he is the popular governor of this state, which happens to be a purple state.”
Watch Navarro’s comments, as posted online, below.
Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base
While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support
The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.
Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.
Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower
A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.
The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.
Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas
Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.
Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.
When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.