[WATCH] Peter Navarro Reminisces About Drinking From “Colored” Water Fountain
Peter Navarro who serves as an economic advisor to President Trump used a childhood Jim Crow story to avoid having to defend President Trump’s stance on the Confederate flag. The issue began when Trump blasted NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag from its events and also demanded an apology from NASCAR’s only black driver, Bubba Wallace. Navarro was appearing on CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday when he was asked about it and Trump’s reaction to the recent coronavirus spike in states like Florida.
Instead of condemning Trump or defending his admiration for the Confederate flag, Navarro decided to reminisce about an experience he had during Jim Crow in the 1950s. He said, “My awakening on the race issue was when I was eight years old in a Woolworth’s store in West Palm Beach, Florida when I walked over and I took a drink from the colored water fountain because I wanted to see colored water. And this woman came up to me and just gently said, ‘You can’t, can’t drink from that.’ And I go, ‘Why?’ She says, ‘That’s for colored people.’ It’s like — I mean, I’m eight years old, and that didn’t make sense to me . . . I’m a Californian; we don’t see race out there.”
Navarro’s response is telling for many as he seemed to not be able to bring himself to defend Trump. Many people are finding it harder and harder to come to Trump’s defense. The same tweet drew criticism from a veteran Republican strategist, Karl Rove who said that the President’s recent tweets will not help his cause. With coronavirus cases spiking in Florida and race tensions intensifying it is making the road to reelection harder for Trump.