Ana Navarro, a Republican political commentator who was one of Donald Trump’s most vocal critics throughout his campaign, said Wednesday that she wishes Trump well out of respect for the office of the presidency.
“This is not a rigged system. This is a system we must respect — well that holds true for today,” Navarro said on CNN Wednesday morning. “He won, fair and square. … I frankly think that, as much as I dislike him, he’s now my president-elect. Our president-elect.”
She added, however, that Trump should realize “that governing a divided country is very, very difficult” and hoped he would surround himself with respected advisers once in the White House — including campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.
“God I hope Kellyanne Conway is around,” Navarro said. “She’s the Trump whisperer. She can manage him.”
Navarro had frequently called out Trump for his lewd comments on women and inflammatory remarks toward immigrants. On Election Day, the Republican announced that she would be casting a vote for Hillary Clinton in an effort to stop Trump.
As election night wore on, Navarro’s tweets reflected an increasing anxiety about the outcome of the vote.
By Wednesday morning, she said on CNN that “very little” had been of comfort to her the night before but hoped that Trump would take a different tone as he assumed the presidency.
“Let’s hope that he was playing character for campaign purposes. He’s an entertainer,” Navarro said. “… I hope and pray that the Donald Trump that we saw on the campaign is not the Donald Trump as president of the United States.”