CNN Contributor Suggests Sending Melania Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio Back to Native Countries

By Janita Kan
Janita Kan
Janita Kan
Janita Kan is a reporter based in New York covering the Justice Department, courts, and First Amendment.
July 15, 2019 Updated: July 16, 2019

A CNN contributor has suggested that First Lady Melania Trump and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) should be sent back to their native countries.

Political commentator Ana Navarro, who is an outspoken Trump critic, made the comments on CNN on July 14, in reaction to President Donald Trump’s recent Twitter posts where he challenged several progressive congresswomen for bad-mouthing America.

“Well, I’ve got news for Donald Trump and all his supporters who feel the same way,” Navarro said. “This is our country! It is our country as much as it is Trump’s country. If we’re going to start sending people back … Ted Cruz was born in Canada. Marco Rubio’s parents were born in Cuba. Melania Trump was born, where? Slovenia. How about her parents, who are here through family immigration?” she continued.

She then went on to blame the president for dividing the country, “pitting people against each other, and I think it is no coincidence, it is no coincidence, that the congresspeople he’s picking on are all women of color, they’re all women of color.”

The opening salvo of tweets in question were posted on July 14.

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump wrote at part of the posts. “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.”

Trump did not identify the “progressive Democratic Congresswomen” he was calling out in his Twitter posts by name, but he indicated during a White House economic event on July 15 that his criticism was targeted at far-left members like Omar.

“If someone doesn’t like our country, if someone doesn’t want to be in our country, they should leave,” Trump said, reported Fox News.

“These are people that hate our country. … they hate it, I think, with a passion.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also took the opportunity to weigh in on the president’s comments, saying his remarks would “divide our nation.”

“When [realDonaldTrump] tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power,” she wrote.

“I reject [realDonaldTrump’s] xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Stop the raids,” she added, referencing to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) immigration enforcement operation that began on July 14.

Not Backing Down

Following criticism from Democrats and liberal figures, Trump continued to blast Democrats as well as the far-left members of the party throughout the day on July 14, which continued into the morning of July 15.

“So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, “RACIST.” Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged. If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior, then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!” Trump wrote.

In a separate post, he suggested the “radical left Congresswomen” should “apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said.”

Then on July 15, he shared a comment made by one of his top allies Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) who denounced Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Omar for their past comments and criticized Democratic policies on healthcare and foreign affairs.

“We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of Communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own Country, they’re calling the guards along our Border (the Border Patrol Agents) Concentration Camp Guards, they accuse people who support Israel as doing it for the Benjamin’s,” Trump said.

“They are Anti-Semitic, they are Anti-America, we don’t need to know anything about them personally, talk about their policies. I think they are American citizens who are duly elected that are running on an agenda that is disgusting, that the American people will reject.”

“What does it mean for America to have free Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants, no criminalization of coming into our Country—See how that works for controlling Immigration!”  Trump added. “They talk about Israel like they’re a bunch of thugs, not victims of the entire region. They wanted to impeach President Trump on DAY ONE. Make them the face of the future of the Democrat Party, you will destroy the Democrat Party. Their policies will destroy our Country!”

Janita Kan
Janita Kan
Janita Kan is a reporter based in New York covering the Justice Department, courts, and First Amendment.