Political analyst and Republican consultant Ana Navarro told CNN Friday that the White House’s Friday night announcements were related.
Navarro went on to explain how Trump was attempting to appease his base.
“Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon being out, that’s something that the alt-Right base was not going to like at all. So I think it’s not a coincidence that Gorka is out on the same night that Arpaio is pardoned,” Navarro explained. “He didn’t something the base wasn’t going to like…but on the same night, he pardons Joe Arpaio, which is something the base will like and embrace.”
“I think this is tit-for-tat, I think this is quid-pro-quo,” Navarro concluded. “This is him throwing them a bone that they will eat up entirely. There is an absolute connection — Bannon is out, Sebastian Gorka is out, Joe Arpaio is pardoned and transgender are banned from serving.”
“This is no coincidence,” Navarro concluded.
In an earlier segment, Navarro was asked her general thoughts about President Trump’s first presidential pardon.
“Part of me is not surprised. At this point, I don’t expect anything positive out of Donald Trump,” Navarro admitted. “Part of me is shocked, shocked that in a week where there’s been the backlash after Charlottesville, in a week where he just now signed the order banning transgenders, it’s like this guy — all he wants to do is represent the 34 percent base. ”
“He’s not the President of the United States of America, he’s the President of the Divided States of America,” Navarro suggested.
“All he wants to do is pit Americans versus Americans, he’s got to know what it means to the Latino community to pardon Joe Arpaio,” Navarro charged. “It is a slap in the face for most Latinos, this man has served his career being a guy who does racial profiling.”
Arpaio “is symbolic of attacks on the Hispanic and Latino community of Arizona. what he has done today, Donald Trump, is another slap in the face of the Latino community.”
The host asked what she thought of the timing of announcing Arpaio’s pardon on Friday night during a hurricane.
“It’s nothing but yet another bone this president is throwing to the 34 percent — another bone that he’s throwing to his base — while antagonizing so many other Americans,” Navarro said. “While slapping so many other Americans in the face.”