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Ana Navarro
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Navarro in November 2017
Ana Violeta Navarro Flores[1]

(1971-12-28) December 28, 1971 (age 49)[2]
Chinandega, Nicaragua
Alma materUniversity of Miami (BA)
St. Thomas University (JD)
OccupationPolitical commentator, strategist
Political partyRepublican
(m. 2019)

Ana Violeta Navarro-Cárdenas (née Navarro Flores; born December 28, 1971) is an American political strategist and commentator. She appears on various television programs and news outlets, including CNN, CNN en Español,[3] ABC News, and Telemundo.[4] She is also a weekly guest co-host of the daytime talk show The View, garnering an Emmy nomination for her work.

Early life and education

Navarro was born in 1971 to a wealthy land-owning family in Nicaragua.[5] She is the daughter of Violeta Flores López and José Augusto Navarro Flores.[1] She and her family moved to the United States in 1980 because of political turmoil,[1] though her father stayed behind to continue to fight with the Contras against the Sandinista government. She later said that then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan's support of the Contras made her a lifelong Republican.[6]

Navarro attended the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, a private Catholic college preparatory day school for girls in Coconut Grove, Miami.[7] Navarro earned a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies and Political Science in 1993 from the University of Miami. In 1997, she earned her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law.[8]

During her first year in university, Navarro campaigned for aid to the Contras.[5] As a law student, Navarro successfully fought to keep Nicaraguan refugees from being deported during the mid-nineties.[6]


Navarro has served in a number of Republican administrations, including the transition team for Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 1998, as well as his Director of Immigration Policy. She also served as ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, where she condemned human rights violations in Cuba. She later served as the National Co-Chair of the Hispanic Advisory Council for John McCain in 2008 and Jon Huntsman Jr. in 2012.[5]

In February 2014, she became a political commentator for ABC News.[9] In addition, she is also a political commentator on CNN and CNN en Español.[7] Navarro became a contributor on the ABC daytime talk show The View from July 2013 to August 2018.[10] She joined the series as a weekly guest co-host on November 2, 2018.[11] She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host in 2020.[12]

Political positions

Navarro has described herself as a centrist.[13]

In February 2013, Navarro publicly supported the legalization of same-sex marriage in an amicus curiae brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.[14]

Navarro supported Jeb Bush's 2016 presidential campaign.[15] In October 2016, she made headlines when she strongly criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on CNN after the Donald Trump and Billy Bush recording surfaced, and called for party leaders to disown Trump.[16][17] She also harshly criticized Trump's comments about immigrants, labeling him a racist.[18] Navarro has been labeled a "Never Trumper."[19] She voted for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, stating that she decided to do so after seeing how close the race in Florida had become.[15]

Navarro was a vocal opponent of Roy Moore in the 2017 Alabama Senate election, due to the allegations of sexual assault and molestation against him.[20] In the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election, Navarro voted for Democrat Andrew Gillum over Republican Ron DeSantis because of DeSantis' ties to Trump.[13] On August 11, 2020, she stated that she would be voting for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election.[21] She and George Lopez hosted an online concert fundraiser for Biden on October 25, 2020.[22]

Personal life

Navarro resides in Miami.[6][23] She married lawyer and lobbyist Al Cárdenas on March 2, 2019.[24]


  1. ^ a b c Stated on Finding Your Roots, November 14, 2017
  2. ^ Vilchez, Anagilmara (June 8, 2016). "A Nicaraguan who Advises Republicans - Havana". Havana Times. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "Ana Navarro". Harvard Institute of Politics. Fall 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) | Twitter". Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Smith, Adam C. (February 7, 2013). "GOP operative Ana Navarro a warrior for the cause". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Blitzer, Jonathan (October 19, 2016). "Ana Navarro's One-Woman Revolt Against Donald Trump: Off the air with the Republican strategist". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Biography". The View. Archived from the original on August 30, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Ana Navarro". Harvard Institute of Politics. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Horowitz, Jason (May 12, 2015). "Jeb Bush, Ana Navarro and the Question That May Have Been Misheard". The New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Season 19 of 'The View' kicks off with new cast, old favorite". August 25, 2015. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017.
  11. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (November 2, 2018). "'The View' Adds CNN's Ana Navarro as Guest Co-Host (EXCLUSIVE)". Archived from the original on November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly; Howard, Annie (May 21, 2020). "Daytime Emmy Awards: 'General Hospital' Tops Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Navarro, Ana (November 3, 2018). "Ana Navarro: Why I'm voting for Andrew Gillum (a Democrat!)". CNN. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  14. ^ Avlon, John (February 28, 2013). "The Pro-Freedom Republicans Are Coming: 131 Sign Gay-Marriage Brief". The Daily Beast. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  15. ^ a b Conway, Madeline (November 7, 2016). "Ana Navarro says she voted for Clinton". Politico. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  16. ^ Crockett, Emily (October 8, 2016). "GOP strategist Ana Navarro unleashed hellfire on CNN over Trump. It's must-see TV". Vox. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  17. ^ "Ana Navarro has become the voice of the outraged Republican woman". Miami Herald. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  18. ^ Rebecca Shapiro (October 7, 2016). "CNN's Ana Navarro Demolishes Trump In 2 Languages: 'He Is a Flat-Out Racist!'". HuffPost.
  19. ^ Manchester, Julia (October 11, 2018). "'Never Trump' Republicans are 'extinct,' says pollster". The Hill. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  20. ^ "10 Latinas who dominated 2017 – The Lily". The Lily. December 26, 2017. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  21. ^ Navarro-Cárdenas, Ana [@ananavarro] (August 12, 2020). "I spoke to @JoeBiden yesterday. We talked many issues...Trump pitting Latinos vs A-A's, Trump's hypocrisy on Cuba/Venezuela. I told him my family's had a hard time w/Covid. What a decent, empathetic, humble leader he is. I'm voting for him, even if he picks a cactus as VP.🇺🇸" (Tweet). Retrieved August 24, 2020 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Biden, Joe. "I Will Vote Concert ft A$AP Ferg, P!nk, Cher, John Legend, & MORE". Youtube. Youtube. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  23. ^ "Ana Navarro". Politic365. Archived from the original on August 27, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  24. ^ Polus, Sarah (March 4, 2019). "CNN's Ana Navarro weds lobbyist Al Cardenas in star-studded Miami bash". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 24, 2020.

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