CNN commentator Ana Navarro on Tuesday shut down Donald Trump economic advisor Stephen Moore after he championed the president’s reaction to the crisis unfolding in Puerto Rico and insisted Trump is not distracting us with his relentless attacks on the NFL.
“There are 3 and a half million Americans, American citizens, they are our brothers and sisters,” Navarro reminded Moore and CNN’s Don Lemon. “They are our responsibility.”
“We are part of the big American family,” she continued. “The President of the United States has got to be laser focused on this. They are in peril. People have died. More people will die.”
“The lame, pathetic excuse for a president that is Donald Trump is tweeting about the NFL while Americans are dying and while Americans are in this level of need,” she later added. “He should be talking about one thing and one thing only: Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico. Not tweeting against John McCain, not tweeting against the NFL.”
Moore called criticism against the president “unfair,” arguing that the government is mobilizing to help the region. “I’ve seen people say he’s not devoting resources to Puerto Rico because he doesn’t like Hispanic people,” Moore added.
“What happens when he tweets about something?” Navarro demanded. “Does he not distract national attention? Is there the same level of urgency to someone kneeling towards the anthem today that there is towards what’s happening in Puerto Rico today?”
“I don’t see how one is related to the other,” Moore replied.
Navarro pointed out Trump has tweeted 24 times about the NFL and only four times about the crisis in Puerto Rico where “American citizens are dying.”
“People are not dying because someone is not kneeling or standing,” Navarro explained.
Moore accused Navarro of “saying [Trump’s] neglecting Puerto Rico.”
“Yes I am,” she replied. “We spent the weekend talking about the NFL instead of Puerto Rico when we should be laser-focused on that.”
Moore tried to shift blame to the media, prompting Navarro to shoot back: “because we chase his shiny objects! When he throws them in front of us, we chase them. That’s why he should not be throwing them right now.”
Lemon asked Moore why he’s wiling to criticize the media but not Trump for focusing the discussion on the NFL.
“Because I happen to agree with everything he said,” Moore explained.
As Lemon continued his discussion with Moore about the merits of Trump’s attacks on NFL players exercising their First Amendment right, Navarro grew visibly frustrated.
“I stand up, I put my hand on my heart during the anthem, that’s not going to save the Puerto Ricans,” she said. “They need fresh water. They need power.”
“Ana, hold on, one conversation at a time,” Lemon instructed.
“No!” she replied. “I’m here. Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico.”
Lemon battled Moore on the NFL, until Navarro interrupted both of them, saying, “I wish 3 and a half million Puerto Ricans would go on their knee and maybe then people would pay attention.”
“I hope the people of Puerto Rico take a knee, maybe he’ll take notice,” she later added. “Better yet, maybe they should go march with tiki torches and he’ll call them ‘fine people.’”
Watch the video below, via CNN: