On Wednesday, Ann Coulter doubled down on her criticism of President Trump, complaining about the massive omnibus budget he signed and rebuking him for his failure to secure funding for the border wall.
“This is a bad week for genuine Trump supporters,” Coulter told radio host Mark Simone. “What happened last week was hard to sugarcoat,” she said, derisively referring to the omnibus deal as the “Schumer-Pelosi budget.”
When he signed the bill into law last week, Trump vowed, “I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it again. Nobody read it. It’s only hours old. Some people don’t even know what’s in it.”
She went even further in a column posted Wednesday afternoon, mocking the idea that the president is somehow playing 3-D chess and outsmarting his opponents. She called Trump “The Worst Negotiator God Ever Created.”
“We elected the guy whose name is on the cover of The Art of the Deal. Sure, he didn’t write it — and probably didn’t read it — but Trump must have heard about some of the trite advice it contains,” she continued sarcastically. “This shows what a master strategist Trump is. He throws out the rulebook! You know what else, suckers? Now he can put out a paperback edition with a new chapter, How to Give Up Everything in Return for Nothing.”
Coulter snarked that the wins are rolling in: “Guess who’s suddenly dying to negotiate with Trump? That’s right: Kim Jong Un. One look at how Trump negotiates and Kim couldn’t wait to sit down with him.”
“It’s all part of the act, you fools! Trump is making the Democrats think that, even though they don’t have the House, the Senate or the White House, he needs Chuck Schumer’s permission before moving a muscle,” she sneered.
Instead of summoning Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to the White House to demand they support his agenda, “he became their water boy,” she declared. “I think it’s safe to say that not only do congressional Republicans not fear Trump, they’re laughing at him. 3-D chess, baby! Trump has lured Republicans right into his trap.”
The outspoken pundit pulled no punches, predicting a blue wave in the midterm elections. As a result, she said, Trump could make history as the third president to be impeached.
She concluded by saying that if she is wrong and Trump does, in fact, build the wall, “I will apologize profusely, return to calling him ‘the Emperor God’ and throw a fabulous party at the grand opening of the completed wall.”
On Tuesday night, it appears that Coulter’s anger had finally boiled over. She lambasted the president for not following through on his promises. “I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn’t care,” she told the crowd gathered at Columbia University for a debate between Coulter and Mickey Kaus. “It kind of breaks my heart,” she lamented. “He’s not giving us what he promised at every single campaign stop.”
Coulter’s disappointed with Trump is palpable and, I suppose, understandable. The author of In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! confidently predicted in 2016, “Look, we know the direction he’s going in — we know there’s going to be a wall.”
The declaration was as much wishful thinking as it was an article of faith for Coulter and other Trump apologists. The president is well known for reneging on his promises and twisting the truth to achieve electoral victory. It should have come as no surprise to anyone that even his oft-repeated promise to build the border wall could end up on the chopping block. In the end, Trump let fear of an unpopular government shutdown Trump his most celebrated campaign promise. Sad.