Ann Coulter has long been one of the right’s most controversial, yet effective, provocateurs. She was also one of the first to recognize what so many of us missed—that Donald Trump’s third-grade grasp of the English language could somehow effectively convey to his supporters promises of his own greatness that they so wanted to hear. He was the only one that could make their lives better.
The great wall along the southern border would be majestic and quickly constructed. Millions of illegal immigrants would be booted. Everyone would have beautiful healthcare, taxes would be cut, airports would be glorious and the nation’s debt would be wiped away, big-league. Coulter cared little for most of Trump’s promises, save for issues of immigration and border security. On that, she pledged to Trump her unwavering support. She wrote a book, “In Trump We Trust,” during the 2016 presidential campaign and professed her blind loyalty, the same way North Koreans worship their Dear Leader.
So the White House had to notice Coulter’s interview with The Daily Caller on Sunday. It was a “canary in the coal mine,” moment from one of the most visible figures representing the right’s far edge. “Where is the great negotiation? Where is the bull in the china shop we wanted? That budget the Republicans pushed through was like a practical joke… Did we win anything? And this is the great negotiator?” Coulter asked Alex Pfeiffer during his interview with her.
If you listen closely enough, you can almost hear Mick Jaggar softly singing Trump’s favorite campaign song in the background. “You…can’t…always git whatcha waont…but iffu try sometimes…ya git whatcha neeid…”
Trump was our last shot. I kind of thought it was Romney, and then lo and behold like a miracle Trump comes along. I still believe in Trumpism. I have no regrets for ferociously supporting him. What choice did we have?
We had no choice. Yeah, I mean, my fingers are still crossed. It’s not like I’m out yet, but boy, things don’t look good. I’ve said to other people, “It’s as if we’re in Chicago and Trump tells us he’s going to get us to LA in six days. But for the first three days we are driving towards New York. Yes, it is true he can still turn around and get us to LA in three days, but I’m a little nervous.
The entire interview is worth a read, particularly when she returns to her North Korea/Dear Leader comparison, only this time with a new, surprising twist. I vehemently disagreed with Coulter in her support of Trump, but the despair in her words almost deserves sympathy. As a proud Never-Trumper, the words WE TOLD YOU SO! rages inside me, but we can be better than that. Personally, I’d like to convey to Coulter my understanding. That discombobulating feeling borne from a Trump presidency fell over some of us sooner than others. But make no mistake, it will hit everyone in due time. Let’s just hope there are more Coulters out there—canaries brave enough to warn the less-informed of the coming discombobulating, toxic Trump air.