Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist and CNN political commentator, just made a dramatic announcement the day before the presidential election: She has voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and against Donald Trump, in her home state of Florida.
Navarro, a former supporter of Jeb Bush in 2016, previously worked as a national Hispanic campaign chairwoman for John McCain in 2008 and for Jon Huntsman’s 2012 campaign.
In an op-ed posted on CNN, Navarro wrote:
“I had hoped that a week before the election, Trump would be losing Florida by a large enough margin that my vote wouldn’t matter. But darn it, my home state is too close to call. Florida could be the decisive state (again) as to who ultimately becomes the next president of the United States. I thought back to the 2000 election, which was decided by 537 votes in Florida. I thought about how I would feel if the same thing happened in 2016. I thought and I thought and I thought….
Then I cast my vote for Hillary Clinton. Let me rephrase that. I cast my vote against Donald Trump.”
She then enumerates several reasons why she voted against the Republican nominee. Here are some of them:
“I voted against Donald Trump because I am an immigrant. Trump has spent this campaign focusing on the very bad things done by a very small group of very bad immigrants. He has portrayed immigrants as criminals, rapists, and murderers. He does not talk about the contributions immigrants have made to America. He does not talk about immigrants who have made this a better and stronger country. He does not talk about the thousands and thousands of immigrant names that fill the Vietnam Wall in Washington or that are carved on so many headstones in every US military cemetery around the world.”
“I voted against Donald Trump because of all women in my life who have been sexually harassed or assaulted and remained silent, bearing the embarrassment, even shame, for years. I heard Trump on tape boast and laugh about being a celebrity and getting away with grabbing women and not being able to contain himself from kissing women. He explained it away as “locker room” talk. Trump was not a teen-age athlete when he said those words. He was a 59-year-old businessman. Sexual assault is no laughing matter. It is a crime.”
“I voted against Donald Trump because of Megyn Kelly, and Rosie O’Donnell and Alicia Machado and Carly Fiorina and Heidi Cruz and so many other women Trump has called, “bimbo” or “fat,” or “ugly” or objectified and demeaned.”
“I voted against Donald Trump because I believe in freedom of expression and freedom of the press.”
Navarro concluded by saying:
“In America, we don’t choose our leaders through violence or armed insurrections. One vote is our right. One vote is our weapon. I am exercising mine against Donald Trump.”
You can read her entire article here.