CNN contributor Ana Navarro is a battle-tested veteran of fierce cable news debate, but she might be getting bored with Trump surrogate Steve Cortez.
Navarro started nonchalantly filing her nails while clashing with Cortez over a controversial joke Donald Trump Jr. made on Instagram. Trump Jr.’s offending remark compared immigrants to zoo animals, suggesting they both belong behind walls.
Her response to Cortez’s weak attempts to justify the nasty Instagram post totally nailed the President’s son.
“Zoos have fences to protect animals from people like Donald Trump Jr. who shoot them.”
Watch the exchange here:
I can't say I mind @ananavarro's approach here to filing her nails when Trump lackeys refuse to acknowledge that their false spin is not acceptable and insist on just keep repeating lies. Nothing else seems to be working… pic.twitter.com/nhxvYND4rS
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) January 10, 2019
We’re all tired of seeing political opponents argue incoherently on cable news and even pros like Navarro find it tedious. She knows there’s little use in trying to convince President Trump’s devoted yes-man that Jr. should tone down his racially-charged attacks on immigrants.
Fans of the outspoken and sassy Navarro celebrated the nail filing on Twitter.
This is awesome. Neither Chris Cuomo nor Ana Navarro backed down to his fake news bullshit. And the NAILS! ???? Seriously, nutbag, we have shit to do, you're wasting my time, file, file… Brilliant.#GetReal #LIES #ThereIsNoWall #TruthMatters… https://t.co/nPawKx6jhs
— Laurie Prim (@laurieprim) January 11, 2019
@ananavarro Ok just saw clip of you filing your nails! Can I say that was absolutely PERFECT! I love you! You are awesome. Oh and the ring looked great too!
— Speechgal (@speechgal2018) January 10, 2019
Just watched it, wow, great show!
Thank you @ananavarro. You were able to say in about 90 seconds so many truths, and all the while filing your nails. Thanks @CuomoPrimeTime for not stopping the fact checking momentum @ananavarro. It was awesome! https://t.co/c1dZSA5DYl
— Victoria's Hope (@VickiHayes8) January 10, 2019
— Richard Woodward ???????????????????????? (@richardwoodward) January 10, 2019
Cortez rattled off several misleading statistics about immigrants, leading to the controversial moment.
— Kerkel (@KKerkel) January 10, 2019
But right-wing supporters of Donald Trump claim Navarro disrespected those affected by violence from undocumented immigrants.
@CNN it is disgraceful your newswomen @ananavarro showed such disrespect filing her nails on tv while the discussion of citizens losing their lives to illegal immigrants. You must condone this appalling person as she is still employed. Shameful
— Susan Green (@suzegeeeee) January 13, 2019
@ananavarro you looked cuckoo cuckoo filling your nails while he spoke of the deaths of our citizens, shameful!!
— MK (@rinker648) January 13, 2019
@ananavarro filing your nails is the smartest thing you've said this month
— Hector Vargas (@TheHectorVargas) January 13, 2019
Did it bother you when Ana Navarro filed her nails and smirked at the families that had lost loved ones bacause illegals murdered them? https://t.co/W8MG2l0CW7
— Anna McKenzie (@Flossie1940) January 13, 2019
One person had an epic clapback for all the right-wing outrage on Twitter.
— Quiet Star (@ThatsRi22594119) January 13, 2019
But Trump supporters remain upset about the “tacky” nail filing incident.
I’m still offended that @ananavarro has to file her own nails- im not on TV but I wouldn’t dare- I have people who do that for me. It’s literally $10- she is so cheap and tacky! What a loser ????
— LiberalismFindACure (@CoLikes) January 13, 2019
Not as shameful as you filing your nails.
— Arturo Pedron (@ArturoPedron) January 13, 2019
Wipe that smirk off your face @ananavarro! Officer Singh’s widow and young child are left without a wonderful man because of an illegal criminal and you sit there on national tv filing your nails!?! I guess you really are that cold & heartless.
— cl (@clteach06) January 12, 2019
It’s obvious to most however that Navarro only intended to disrespect the sketchy and unverified information and outright lies spouted by Cortez.
— Paul Smith (@bigman718) January 10, 2019
Conservatives can whine about Navarro’s supposed lack of professionalism, but the real issue is the Trump administration’s fondness for spreading misinformation and propaganda to the American public.
Until Trump and his cronies stop manipulating the facts about the rates of criminality among immigrants, they don’t deserve Ana Navarro’s full attention. If anything, she deserves a pedicure while debating loudmouth Steve Cortez.