CNN’s token “Republican” Ana Navarro took to Twitter on Saturday evening to urge Puerto Ricans who need to flee the island to flood swing states and register to vote.
While the 3.4 million Puerto Ricans living on the island are American, they do not have voting representation in the United States Congress or Senate and cannot vote in presidential elections — only primaries. Far more people participated in the Democratic caucus than the Republican primary in 2016, and Marco Rubio won with a significant lead over President Donald Trump.
Even a relatively small surge of new Democratic voters in a state like Florida, where Navarro resides, could easily swing the state that Trump won by only 1.2% — or roughly 13,000 votes.
“Ppl of [Puerto Rican flag], if you flee devastation & come to mainland, hope you settle in a swing state – FL, PA, OH… Register to vote & don’t forget this!” Navarro wrote, quote-tweeting a tweet sent out by President Donald Trump complaining about San Juan’s mayor.
Ppl of ????????, if you flee devastation & come to mainland, hope you settle in a swing state- FL, PA, OH… Register to vote & don't forget this! https://t.co/bkKYlZOKg1
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) October 1, 2017
The 45-year-old pundit, who is constantly paraded on CNN as a Republican strategist, voted for Hillary Clinton in the election.
Her attempt at helping out the Democratic Party, which she claims she does not belong to, comes as pundits have spent days decrying Trump and his supporters for politicizing the tragedy by mentioning the widespread corruption on the island.
I thought people were dying? Yet all you care about is getting more votes in a swing state? Republican strategist my ass. https://t.co/dtyLhQOIdt
— JenniferW (@JenWoodruff79) October 1, 2017
Just days ago, Navarro also tweeted a doctored photograph of NBA star LeBron James wearing a shirt calling the president a “son of a bitch,” though in the actual photograph he is wearing a shirt of WWE star The Undertaker.
I'm a fan of @KingJames, freedom of expression & accuracy. I tweeted a pic of him, unaware then, it was fake. I deleted it. So sorry, folks.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) September 28, 2017
She later deleted the tweet and apologized, but the retraction gained far less steam than the initial tweet which had over 6,000 likes and retweets by the time of her deletion.
Prior to Trump’s election, Navarro wrote that she would look for a place to “seek exile.”
“If Donald Trump wins, I’m going to be looking for a place to seek exile,” Navarro told The Hollywood Reporter in October. “I’m pretty sure he’s planning on deporting me.”
Right now, there are quite a few Republicans on social media wishing that she would.