This post contains graphic and uncensored language used by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
CNN contributor Ana Navarro slammed Donald Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes on Friday night, after Hughes took offense to Navarro using the word “pussy,” which Trump himself said in an unearthed 2005 video.
“I think that every single Republican is going to have to answer the question: What did you do the day you saw the tape of this man boasting about grabbing a women’s pussy?” Navarro, a Republican strategist, said on CNN.
The remark drew the ire of Hughes, who wanted Navarro to censor her words. “Would you please stop saying that word? My daughter is listening.”
Hughes’ retort set off an intense back and forth between the two women, with Navarro saying, “Don’t tell me you’re offended when I say pussy but you’re not offended when Donald Trump says pussy. I’m not running for president, he is.”
On Friday, video was released by the Washington Post of a 2005 conversation Trump had with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, where the two men made graphic comments about women. “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women] — I just start kissing them,” Trump is heard saying in the clip. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Trump’s comments were widely denounced from politicians on both sides of the aisle. Navarro, too, called for Trump to step down as nominee. (Trump has since said he won’t pull out of the race.)
“I think what Donald Trump needs to do is quit. I think he needs to stop being the Republican nominee. He is dragging this entire process down the gutter,” Navarro said on CNN. “He is dragging the entire Republican party down the gutter. You have to understand: he cannot win. He is irredeemable. This is not something you’re going to recover from. The reason he can’t recover from this is because this is consistent behavior from Donald Trump. How many times does he get away with saying something misogynistic before we call him a misogynist? How many times does he get away with saying something sexist before we acknowledge that it is he who is sexist.”
Calling him a “pig” and “vile,” Navarro also added, “This man is not fit to be President of the United States. He is not fit to be the Republican nominee. He is not fit to be called a man.”