This is certainly not going to help Donald Trump’s view of CNN as the “Clinton News Network,” or coax him out of hiding over at the Hannity show. But facts are facts, and Ana Navarro pointed out Mike Pence’s mistake in talking about “that Mexican thing” at the VP Debate.
As Navarro, a Republican, explained, Pence “is part of a campaign and of a ticket that has made it its purpose to attack Hispanics…from day one.”
Former disgraced Trump adivser Michael Caputo’s only response was to call facts “outrageous,” to which Navarro responded, bluntly, that “makes you seem insane.”
ANA NAVARRO: The one gaffe [Gov. Mike Pence] made — and I think it was a gaffe because this is not consistent with Mike Pence’s record in Congress — is when he talked about “that Mexican thing.”
NAVARRO: I believe the man made a legitimate gaffe, but he is part of a campaign and of a ticket that has made it its purpose to attack Hispanics, to attack Mexicans, from day one. And so he had to walk on eggshells.
MICHAEL CAPUTO: That’s outrageous.
NAVARRO: What’s outrageous about it? What was the first thing the man said June 16th when he first launched his campaign? That Mexicans were rapists. That’s what you should find outrageous, not that I bring it up.
CAPUTO: That’s not what he said.
NAVARRO: Oh. Listen. It’s on video.
CAPUTO: That’s not what he said. You change it — you change it —
NAVARRO: For to you go on TV and say what everybody has seen for the last 16 months not to be true makes you seem insane. That is what he says. The video is there, the transcript is there, we know he said Mexicans are rapists and some are good people, too. And that is the part you should be outraged by. Not by me bringing it up.
CAPUTO: Actually, he said that illegal immigrants were committing rape. He didn’t say anything about the way —
DON LEMON: The transcript says – as close as I can get it is that when Mexico sends its people, they send over their worst, their rapists —
CAPUTO: And he was speaking in the context of illegal immigration. That was about illegal immigration.
LEMON: But he’s still talking about Mexican — is he not talking about Mexican people when he says that?
CAPUTO: He’s talking about Mexican illegal immigrants.
NAVARRO: And what was he talking about when he went after Judge Curiel? What was he talking about when he dismissed the ability of an Indiana-born judge to do his job fairly because he happened to be of Mexican descent, because his parents happened to be Mexican? Was that outrageous too for me to bring it up, or did you not hear that either?
CAPUTO: No, I heard it. I also think the judge had no business on that case. I think Mr. Trump didn’t litigate his position very well, and I think that he could have chosen different words but, Ana, for you to sit here and call Donald Trump a flat-out racist is outrageous.
NAVARRO: Well let me do it again, and let me do it in two languages. Es un racista. He is a flat-out racist, and it’s what he’s played on for 16 months. He is a bigot, he is a racist, he is a misogynist. He has said horrible things about women, he has said horrible things about immigrants, about Hispanics, he has yet to say one good thing about immigrants, and for you to shake your head and tell me that I’m the outrageous one is what outrages me. Republicans need to speak up, and people need to know that not all Republicans are represented by the hostile, vile voice of Donald Trump.
Like Mike Pence, all Caputo could do was lie, pretending that Trump never said what Trump clearly, and very publicly, said. Eventually, Caputo ran out of words and just rolled his eyes.
Republican attempts to defend the indefensible crumble in the face of facts. Trump’s racism is too well attested in video to be denied, and all Republican attempts to do so only make them seem foolish.
Caputo did the only thing he could do on behalf of Trump, and that was lie. But with barely a month left before Election Day, the lies have caught up to Donald Trump.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.