On Sunday, CNN contributor and alleged Republican strategist Ana Navarro suggested we send First Lady Melania Trump, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) back to their native countries.
“And if we’re gonna start sending people back, I don’t know — ya know, listen, Ted Cruz was born in Canada, Marco Rubio’s parents were born in Cuba, Melania Trump was born where? Slovenia. How about her parents how are here through family immigration,” said Navarro, in a clip first highlighted by Grabien News founder Tom Elliott.
“I am sick of this guy’s hypocrisy and his ways of dividing this country, pitting people against each other,” Navarro lamented, before accusing President Donald Trump of racism: “And I think it is no coincidence, it is no coincidence, that the congresspeople he’s picking on are all women of color, they’re all women of color.”
“As a woman of color yourself, do you believe Donald Trump wants you in this country?” CNN’s Ana Cabrera asked Navarro.
“I really couldn’t care less what Donald Trump wants,” Navarro answered. “I don’t care if he wants me in this country or not because this is my country. He doesn’t get to decide that. I am a naturalized citizen.”
The staple anti-Trump contributor was reacting to Trump’s Sunday tweeting about “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen.”
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” the president wrote in a series of tweets.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough,” he continued.
Trump added that he was sure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
Trump’s tweets sparked a response from Pelosi, who has been publicly feuding with freshmen congresswomen now dubbed “The Squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). In an attack last week, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez accused Pelosi of targeting her for being a “woman of color.”
“When [Donald Trump] tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” Pelosi responded to President Trump, adding the obligatory platitude: “Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.”
“I reject [Donald Trump’s] xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Stop the raids – #FamiliesBelongTogether!”
As noted by conservative writer Stephen Miller of Navarro, “Trump’s worst CNN critics ultimately end up exactly like him.”