Ana Violeta Navarro Flores
December 28, 1971
|Education||Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart|
|Alma mater||University of Miami (B.A)|
St. Thomas University (J.D.)
|Occupation||Political commentator, strategist|
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, ABC News, Telemundo, and The View.
Early life and education
Navarro was born in 1971 in Nicaragua, the daughter of Violeta Flores Lopez and José Augusto Navarro Flores. She and her family moved to the United States in 1980, because of political turmoil, 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. She attended the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, a private Catholic college preparatory day school for girls in Coconut Grove, Miami. 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.
Life and career
Navarro has served in a number of Republican administrations, including the transition team for Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 1998. She also served as the National Co-Chair of the Hispanic Advisory Council for John McCain in 2008 and Jon Huntsman Jr. in 2012. She supported Jeb Bush's 2016 presidential campaign.
In February 2014, she became a political commentator for ABC News. 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. She is currently a political commentator on CNN and CNN en Español, 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".
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. She also harshly criticized Trump's comments about immigrants, labeling him a racist.
Navarro has been labeled a "Never Trump-er." 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. In the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election Navarro voted for Democrat Andrew Gillum over Republican Ron DeSantis because of DeSantis' ties to Trump.
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- Navarro is sceptical, but hopes that president-elect Trump will bring together the strongly divided Americans, 9 Nov. 2016.
- Navarro about the twitter-addiction of president-elect Donald Trump, Jan. 2017
- Navarro's comment at Trump's aggressive tweet towards MSNBC-hosts, who doubted his fitness for office in their broadcast - 1 July 2017
- Navarro challenges Republicans to grow a spine after Trump's ambivalent comments about the Charlottesville riots - 16 Aug. 2017