Navarro was heckled by a familiar face Tuesday as he left a Washington, D.C., courthouse after a jury panel was selected in his criminal trial on contempt of Congress charges. Navarro’s trial begins this morning and is expected to be brief as he’s already confessed on numerous occasions, but still insists he’s not guilty.
In a video of the interaction posted by C-SPAN communications director Howard Mortman to X, formerly Twitter, Navarro has to take several pauses while trying to provide the link to his fundraiser, due to a protester off camera that repeatedly blows into a whistle to interrupt him. Another protester standing behind Navarro holds a sign that reads “Trump Lost” and “Prison Boys.”
That heckler, identified by the Republicans Against Trump account as the user SatireAP on X, also interrupted Navarro’s statements to the press last week after a judge ruled that he could not use executive privilege as a defense against his contempt charges. Navarro had attempted to grab a sign that SatireAP was holding behind him last week, to which the heckler replied, “Bro, you’re already facing charges.”
Another protester standing behind Navarro on Tuesday, who held a sign that read “Stop hating each other because you disagree,” told SatireAP to “let the man talk, he has every right to talk,” as she continued to interrupt him. In response, the heckler yelled, “No, he’s a traitor. Traitor.”
Navarro then told reporters to “please play” the heckling on their “channels, because this is just wrong.”
“I’m trying to speak about serious constitutional issues with you,” he added, gesturing to the nearby protesters. “Clown with a whistle, witch with a broom. Go figure.”
Well, no. You’re just begging for money. And one of the signs said just that: “Lying Pete Needs Money.” And that he does. These protests and their ensuing publicity are just what Navarro needs, with $441,892 raised of a goal of $495,000 so far. Navarro had said he’ll need $750,000 to defend himself, but he’ll almost certainly need more than that after he’s convicted and the long, drawn-out appeals process goes through the courts. Steve Bannon was convicted last year of the same charge and sentenced to four months in federal prison and $6,500 in fines but remains free pending appeal.