During a town hall-style exchange on CNN’s “Messy Truth” broadcast last, night former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called out establishment media for what CNN host Van Jones had earlier described as “whitelash.” The show, hosted by Van Jones -- a former Obama administration official -- was dedicated to exploring voters’ feelings in the wake of the November 8 election.
 
Fellow show guest Ana Navarro suggested that “hate crimes” have been ascendant because of Donald Trump’s candidacy and eventual electoral victory. In response, Santorum said, "I think frankly, when people like Ana Navarro and Van Jones get up and talk about whitelash and how Donald Trump hates Muslims, and all of the negative things the press is spewing out about what Trump is going to do — that's got people more worked up than anything else," Santorum said.
 
Responding, Navarro said, "So you think when Van and I highlight some of this stuff it's 'hate-spewing?'" Sanctorum replied evenly, "It is."  Navarro appeared to grow agitated when she asked whether Donald Trump (whom Santorum supported) had engaged in hate speech when he referred to “rapists” and “criminals” who come into the United States illegally along with other immigrants. 
 
Santorum replied, "It's not related to what Trump wants to do," Santorum said.
 
Navarro was born in Nicaragua and served on the gubernatorial transition team of Jeb Bush, and was later an advisor to the Hispanic Advisory Council of Republican presidential candidate John McCain. She supported Bush’s 2016 presidential candidate and has become outspoken in her opposition to Trump. An attorney, Navarro is a political commentator in English and Spanish for several outlets, including CNN. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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