CNN political commentator and charter Never-Trump member Ana Navarro on Monday called President Donald Trump a “shameful nincompoop” who is worse than merely un-presidential.
Navarro, a onetime GOP political strategist, took off on an epic rant over Trump’s failure to condemn white supremacists by name following the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer from an automobile attack on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
“And I’m glad elected leaders in the Republican Party are finally, finally stopping looking the other way and confronting the fact that he’s not only unfit to be president, that in my book, his lack of empathy, his lack of leadership, his lack of courage — he’s unfit to be human,” she said.
Navarro said Trump has embarrassed her many times as a candidate and as president. She cited his failure to shake the hand of German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a White House meeting and an incident when he shoved his way past a leader at the G-20 summit earlier this year. But she said his performance over the weekend, when he condemned violence “on many sides,” was the worst of the worst.
“This was such a moment for him,” she said. “And he blew it to such a level in order to pander to members of his base [whom he] did not want to antagonize.”
CNN anchor John Berman asked what Trump could say to correct it.
“Nothing,” she replied. “It’s been three days since the march. It’s been two days since Heather Heyer died, was murdered by a white supremacist … Look, he had an opportunity. He’s had two days, more than two days to address this, and he’s failed to do so. To do so now, under duress because of public perception, because of public pressure, thank you, buddy, I really don’t need it.”
Navarro’s comments come on the heels of a Twitter tirade by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Sunday, accusing advisers Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka of promoting the interests of the Ku Klux Klan.
“Trump has made it clear – w/ Bannon & Gorka in the WH, & the Klan in the streets, it is now the White Supremacists’ House. #Charlottesviille,” she tweeted.
Waters added: “Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists & terrorists who showed up in Charlottesville. Is he sending a signal? Everyone must be careful.”