On election night, CNN host Ana Navarro said DeSantis only won Florida “because he gamed the system.”
During live election coverage, Navarro went on a monologue attacking DeSantis’ victory.
“I told you he was going to win bigly. But listen, Ron DeSantis barely won in 2018 by 35,000 votes by the skin of his teeth against a black, progressive, little-known mayor from Tallahassee, Florida. Yesterday, he won by 20 percentage points. Why? Because he gamed the system. Because he turned Florida into an unlevel playing field. They changed election laws, making it harder to vote by mail. They paraded a bunch of people, black people, that they arrested for voting fraud and paraded them in front of national media. He created an election police…”
Navarro describes herself as a “centrist” Republican, but has behaved very similar to a liberal, including voting for Hillary Clinton, voting for Joe Biden, supporting abortion, and was an early adopter of same-sex marriage legalization support.
The political commentator lives in Miami, Florida and has personal connections to the state – striking out positions against DeSantis early in his political career. According to an op-ed she wrote in CNN Opinion, she would not vote for DeSantis even though her “good friend” Jeb Bush and fiancé were planning to support DeSantis’s original run in 2018.
“And then there are loyalty issues for me. My good friend Jeb Bush is supporting DeSantis. The man I’m about to marry, former Florida Republican Party Chairman Al Cardenas, is also supporting DeSantis. To say neither of them is a fan of Trump is an understatement. But they both think having a Republican governor, and avoiding gridlock in Tallahassee, supersedes the destructive influence of Trump. I disagree. Voting should not be group-think. We are all free to disagree with friends and even spouses (to be).”CNN
Even though Navarro was a self-described “Republican” in 2018, she supported progressive Andrew Gillum as a proxy vote against Donald Trump.
“[Andrew] Gillum is out there, a happy warrior campaigning on a positive message. I am sure that if he wins, I will have some policy differences with him. And when I do, I will say so.
The choice in Florida, and in many races across the United States, is clear. The 2018 election is a referendum on Trump and his attacks on our shared values, but more than that, it is a battle to define the heart and soul of America.”CNN
Florida governor Ron DeSantis was one of the few significant Republican victories in the 2022 midterm cycle. He beat Democratic challenger Charlie Crist 59.4% to 40.0%, signaling a new political alignment in the 27th State in the Union.
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