“The silence and complicity of the Republican Party is enabling Donald Trump, cheapening the White House and the presidency.” ~ Ana Navarro expressing outrage during a Thursday panel discussion.
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Republican strategist and political commentator Ana Navarro wasn’t holding anything back during a Thursday morning panel discussion on ABC’s “The View.”
The panel was discussing Trump’s recent attacks on recently deceased Arizona Senator John McCain, a long-time punching bag for him. Navarro, who worked as McCain’s National Co-Chair of the Hispanic Advisory Council for his 2008 presidential campaign, went off on Trump’s “pathological” lies and Republicans who are “too damn cowardly” to call him out on his rhetoric.
The source of her consternation was a Wednesday speech given by Trump at a tank factory in Lima, Ohio.
“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president, I had to approve,” Trump ranted as per a report by Vox. “I don’t care about this, I didn’t get a thank you — that’s okay. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”
Navarro began her fiery response forcefully stating that McCain “got the funeral that he deserved.”
“First of all, John McCain didn’t get the funeral that he wanted. He got the funeral that he deserved. He got the funeral that he earned through more than 60 years of service and sacrifice and pain for this country, something that Donald Trump would know nothing about because for more than 70 years it’s been all about Trump for him.”
Continuing, she stated:
“Number two, he didn’t approve anything other than the plane which they could have gotten themselves. It was Congress who allowed John McCain to lay in state. It was the National Cathedral that allowed John McCain’s mass to be held there.”
Moving on to round three, she called out Trump for his lies calling him a “pathological president,” adding: “liar, liar, liar!”
“Number three, he also said that John McCain had not done anything for veterans, that John McCain had — you know, that they had failed in getting choice and accountability for many decades. Lie! You pathological president, liar, liar, liar!”
“John McCain and Bernie Sanders passed the Choice and Accountability Act in 2014. It was signed by Barack Obama while you were calling into question his citizenship,” she concluded, but not before getting in one final swipe: “I add, every time he talks about it, we need to call it out. It’s awkward for you. It’s painful for you. It might be exhausting. We cannot get exhausted. We cannot get tired of being outraged by what this man is doing to the presidency of the United States.”
And just to set the record straight, so far there has been little more than silence from the GOP regarding Trump’s attacks on American hero and Statesman, John McCain.
As The Washington Post reported yesterday:
Many Senate Republicans are as perplexed as they are perturbed about President Trump’s sustained attack on their colleague, John McCain. But few want to shout about it.
Baffled as they may be over why Mr. Trump continues to vilify a man who devoted his life to his nation and suffered as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, that doesn’t mean that all of his former colleagues want to get caught in a feud between a president popular with Republican voters and a memory. Most have not publicly commented on Mr. Trump’s continuing character and policy assault on a man whom many served with for years.
“The silence and complicity of the Republican Party is enabling Donald Trump, cheapening the White House and the presidency.”@ananavarro fires back at Trump after his attacks on John McCain, saying many Republicans are “too damn cowardly” to call him out https://t.co/HxDaKFCCbX pic.twitter.com/hvH2SBgbhD
— The View (@TheView) March 22, 2019