CNN's Ana Navarro Says 'Pretender' Marco Rubio 'Hides Behind Bible Verses' to Defend Trump

CNN contributor and Republican strategist Ana Navarro took to Twitter to accuse Senator Marco Rubio of Florida of being a "pretender" whom President Donald Trump has reduced to "a caricature of his former self."

Navarro's response was prompted by Rubio's tweeting what seemed to be a defense of the president, who has been heavily criticized recently in the wake of an impeachment inquiry into his alleged inappropriate request of the Trump of Ukraine to uncover dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

"Two things are true," Rubio wrote in a tweet on October 24. "There's only been ONE man EVER who was always right & deserves blind loyalty & his name was Jesus."

The second claim Rubio made in his tweet was, "No matter what a Republican does the left will never be fair to them. What they want is Republicans who will douse themselves in kerosene & light a match."

Rubio's words appeared to be both a reference to his own Christian faith as well as a reference to Trump, whose impeachment hearings some Republicans have said they consider unfair.

Navarro, who has worked in the administrations of noted GOP politicians John McCain and Jeb Bush, retweeted Rubio with a response accusing him of compromising his erstwhile American and Christian morals to defend a president whom she believes does not embody them.

"My God," Navarro wrote. "Trump turned the talented guy once lauded as the 'Republican Savior,' into a caricature of his former self. He hides behind Bible verses to defend a man who eviscerates Christian & American values daily. Marco could have been a contender. Now, he's just a pretender."

My God.

Trump turned the talented guy once lauded as the “Republican Savior”, into a caricature of his former self. He hides behind Bible verses to defend a man who eviscerates Christian & American values daily. Marco could have been a contender. Now, he’s just a pretender. https://t.co/8tb6KO1o6P

— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 24, 2019

Navarro's "contender" comment may refer to Rubio's bid to become the Republican nominee for president during the 2016 election, which he lost to Trump. When the two were rivals during that campaign, Trump came up with the moniker "Little Marco" to describe Rubio—one of the many nicknames he applied to the candidates running against him.

While Rubio's tweet on October 24 did not use a verse from the Bible to defend Trump, Rubio has been criticized from the past for drawing from Christian Scripture to support both the president's actions and his own.

In September, a day after Rubio publicly defended Trump's request of the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, he tweeted Isaiah 33:2, which read, "LORD, be gracious to us; for you we wait. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of trouble!"

Rubio met with backlash from Twitter users for this, some of whom said it was an example of Rubio not standing up to his own principles.

"Yes Lord, we wait," journalist Soledad O'Brien wrote in a retweet of Rubio's Bible verse. "For Senator @marcorubio to grow some courage and stand up to corruption. We wait as Little Marco shrinks even smaller to Tiny Marco, because he lacks bravery and lacks ability. We wait for him to stand up for those values he likes to talk about. Amen."

Rubio had not responded to Navarro's criticism of his tweet as of 4 p.m. ET.

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Rubio addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Policy Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel June 27 in Washington, D.C. He has come under fire for his defense of President Trump in the Biden-Ukraine matter. Chip Somodevilla