Republican strategist and CNN commentator Ana Navarro has attacked GOP leaders who are acting members “of the Donald Trump cult.” She said they must step up and condemn Trump whenever circumstances demand it.
Navarro didn’t spare House Speaker Paul Ryan, who blatantly refused to comment on Trump’s tweet that suggested that he had tapes of conversations with James Comey.
The statement many interpreted as a threat.
Ryan was quick to say this when he was asked about the tweet “focusing on what’s in my control, and that is what is Congress doing to solve people’s problems.”
“I’m going leave it to the President to talk about and defend his tweets,” Ryan said, emphasizing that he is working on other issues that matter to his constituents, such as health care and tax reform.
“I hate picking a bone with Paul Ryan, he’s a friend of mine, but I think he needs to walk and chew gum at the same time,” Navarro said.
“I think you can applaud President Trump’s efforts on health care if that’s where you lie. I think you can applaud his naming of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, but I think when he does something like make a veiled threat against the former FBI Director… I think people expect for leaders to step up and condemn that,” she added.
“That you are a Republican leader does not mean you are a cult member of the Donald Trump cult. It means that you call them as you see receive them,” she insisted.
Navarro added “When he does things that should be applauded, you do, when he does things that should be condemned, you do. You have a spine, you have a conscience, and you have loyalty to the country and the constitution of the United States,” she said.
“You speak up, and you wake up, and you act up,” Navarro added.