Ana Navarro is a recognizable face on CNN. For a long time, she was just known as a very outspoken Republican strategist who was equally proud of her Nicaraguan heritage and American citizenship. When Donald Trump started gaining traction in her party, though, she got more and more attention for speaking out against him. One notable example was that time she repeatedly said “pussy” on live television to showcase how disgusting the word was after he’d been revealed using it in what sounded like encouragement of sexual assault of women.
A little over a week ago, Navarro claimed it was voting her “conscience” to reject Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, but today she released an essay on CNN.com that said she had chosen to vote for the former Secretary of State.
She claimed that she hauled her absentee ballot around the country with her for almost four weeks as she wondered what to do. She had considered even writing in her mom as a protest vote but explained how she ultimately came to choose Clinton like this:
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 … Then I cast my vote for Hillary Clinton. Let me rephrase that. I cast my vote against Donald Trump. I did it without joy or enthusiasm. I did it out of civic duty and love for our country.
By no means does Navarro like Clinton or what she stands for. She just can’t stand the idea of a Trump presidency that much.
A number of other Republicans have publicly expressed concern over Trump’s behavior but still voted for him. Others, like John Kasich, have also made the decision not to vote for their party’s nominee.
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