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Ana Violeta Navarro Flores[1]

(1971-12-28) December 28, 1971 (age 47)[2]
Chinandega, Nicaragua
ResidenceMiami, Florida
EducationCarrollton School of the Sacred Heart
Alma materUniversity of Miami (B.A)
St. Thomas University (J.D.)
OccupationPolitical commentator, strategist
Political partyRepublican
Al Cárdenas (m. 2019)

Ana Violeta Navarro-Cárdenas (née Navarro Flores; born December 28, 1971) is a Nicaraguan-born American Republican strategist and political commentator for various news outlets, including CNN, CNN en Español,[3] ABC News, Telemundo,[4] and The View.[5]

Early life and education

Navarro was born in 1971 in Nicaragua, the daughter of Violeta Flores Lopez and José Augusto Navarro Flores.[1] She and her family moved to the United States in 1980, because of political turmoil,[1] though her father stayed behind, having joined the Contras who were fighting the Sandinista revolutionaries. She later said that Ronald Reagan's support of the Contras made her a lifelong Republican.[6] She attended the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, a private Catholic college preparatory day school for girls in Coconut Grove, Miami.[5] Navarro earned a Bachelor's degree Latin American Studies and Political Science in 1993 from the University of Miami. In 1997, she earned her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law.[7]

During her first year in university, Navarro raised funds for the Contras.[6][8]

Life and career

Republican strategist

Navarro has served in a number of Republican administrations, including the transition team for Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 1998.[9] She also served as the National Co-Chair of the Hispanic Advisory Council for John McCain in 2008[3] and Jon Huntsman Jr. in 2012.[10] She supported Jeb Bush's 2016 presidential campaign.[11]

Political commentator

In February 2014, she became a political commentator for ABC News.[12] Navarro appeared on ABC's The View in mid-2015 and has since become a recurring panelist. She was added as a Friday co-host when moderator Whoopi Goldberg was off.[13] She is currently a political commentator on CNN and CNN en Español,[5] and is well-known for "coining tag lines"--she quipped, after Mitt Romney's loss against Obama, that "Mitt Romney self-deported himself from the White House", and compared the Republican choice in 2015 between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump as a "choice between strep throat and leukemia".[6]

Donald Trump

In October 2016, she made headlines when she strongly criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on CNN after the Donald Trump and Billy Bush recording surfaced, and called for party leaders to disown Trump.[14][15][16] She also harshly criticized Trump's comments about immigrants, labeling him a racist.[17]

Navarro has been labeled a "Never Trump-er."[18] On November 7, 2016, she revealed that she voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Though Navarro is a lifelong Republican, said she decided to vote for Clinton after seeing how close the race in Florida had become.[11] In the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election Navarro voted for Democrat Andrew Gillum over Republican Ron DeSantis because of DeSantis' ties to Trump.[19]

Roy Moore

She was a vocal opponent to the 2017 election of Roy Moore to the Senate, due to allegations of sexual assault and molestation.[20]

Personal life

Navarro resides in Miami.[6][21] She married former Florida Republican Party and American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas in Miami, Florida on March 2, 2019.[22]


  1. ^ a b c Stated on Finding Your Roots, November 14, 2017
  2. ^ Vilchez, Anagilmara (June 8, 2016). "A Nicaraguan who Advises Republicans - Havana". Havana Times. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Ana Navarro". Harvard Institute of Politics. Fall 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) | Twitter". Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  5. ^ a b c "Biography". The View. Archived from the original on 2016-08-30. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d Blitzer, Jonathan (October 19, 2016). "Ana Navarro's One-Woman Revolt Against Donald Trump: Off the air with the Republican strategist". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ana Navarro | The Institute of Politics at Harvard University". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  8. ^ Smith, Adam C. (February 7, 2013). "GOP operative Ana Navarro a warrior for the cause". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "GOP operative Ana Navarro a warrior for the cause". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  10. ^ Smith, Adam C. (1 February 2013). "GOP operative Ana Navarro a warrior for the cause". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  11. ^ a b Navarro, Ana (November 7, 2016). "Ana Navarro: I'm voting for Hillary Clinton". CNN.
  12. ^ Horowitz, Jason (12 May 2015). "Jeb Bush, Ana Navarro and the Question That May Have Been Misheard". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Meghan McCain slams 'View' co-hosts over Trump-Flynn mishap". Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  14. ^ "'That's 50 shades of crazy!': Ana Navarro blasts Trump rep for blaming his crudeness on erotic novel". The Raw Story. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  15. ^ Crockett, Emily (2016-10-08). "GOP strategist Ana Navarro unleashed hellfire on CNN over Trump. It's must-see TV". Vox. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  16. ^ "Ana Navarro has become the voice of the outraged Republican woman". miamiherald. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  17. ^ Rebecca Shapiro (2016-10-07). "CNN's Ana Navarro Demolishes Trump In 2 Languages: 'He Is a Flat-Out Racist!'". The Huffington Post.
  18. ^ Manchester, Julia (2018-10-11). "'Never Trump' Republicans are 'extinct,' says pollster". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  19. ^ Ana Navarro: Why I'm voting for Andrew Gillum (a Democrat!). CNN. 3 November 2018.
  20. ^ "10 Latinas who dominated 2017 – The Lily". The Lily. 2017-12-26. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  21. ^ "Ana Navarro". Politic365. Archived from the original on 2016-08-27. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  22. ^ Team, Page Six (2019-03-04). "CNN contributor Ana Navarro marries in Miami". Page Six. Retrieved 2019-03-04.

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