During a discussion with host Chris Cuomo on Sunday, Republican political commentator Ana Navarro branded Trump “racist” in a debate with fellow commentator Steve Cortes, who supports the president.
Navarro served as a strategist for former Republican Governor Jeb Bush of Florida and the late Republican Senator John McCain but has said she will vote for a Democrat for the first time this year in her state of Florida's gubernatorial race. She said Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum ran a positive campaign compared with the GOP’s “campaign run on fear-mongering, division, hostility, gloom and doom.”
“Well, I think he’s racist. He called Mexicans criminals and rapists. He called El Salvador and Haiti shitholes. Sign me up in the category of the people who think he’s racist. He has said so many racist things,” Navarro said.
Cortes countered by saying: “You call him a racist when you don’t want to talk about policy.”
“He is a racist pig!” Navarro shouted before Cuomo brought the segment to a close.(Emphasis added.)
The idea that Donald Trump isn't really a racist is about as tenable as the idea that the Civil War was not fought over slavery. It was. And he is.
So tomorrow we in the U.S. are faced with a very stark choice: vote for Republicans, who will continue to enable this president and embolden him to become even more extreme in his rhetoric. Vote for Republicans who will continue to practice racial gerrymandering and suppress minority votes in any way they can, Vote for Republicans who view the rise of domestic terrorism not in terms of lives lost but in terms of political setbacks for themselves.
Or you can vote for Democrats who might, maybe, start to steer us away from this dark place towards which we are currently barreling at full speed.
If you are an American voter, this is the choice you are faced with completely independent of any question of policy. It's a sad pass we have come to that after 242 years we still can't agree that a person ought not to be judged by the color of their skin. And yet, here we are.
Think about which side of that historical question you want to be on when you vote tomorrow.