Et Tu, Ann? [with comment by Paul]

Did I ever think that one day, I would have a more positive view of Donald Trump than does Ann Coulter? No. But that apparently has happened:

In an interview Sunday with The Daily Caller, Coulter let it be known she still has hope in the Trump presidency, but is ready to jump ship.

I think everyone who voted for him knew his personality was grotesque, it was the issues.
I hate to say it, but I agree with every line in my friend Frank Bruni’s op-ed in The New York Times today. 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?

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. …

I could understand all that if he gets control of the steering wheel and turns around and starts going towards LA.

If we just keep going to New York. Well again, I’ll say we had no choice, but the Trump-haters were right..It’s a nightmare.

I believe that Ann lives in D.C., which could help to explain her panic. The press brought down Nixon, and has been hungering to destroy another Republican administration ever since. There is no question that the baying hounds are after Trump, not just the press but Obama holdovers in the administration and, in general, the entire apparatus of the federal government. The forces aligned against President Trump have refused to accept the result of the election, and are determined to overturn it.

They might succeed. Trump’s weaknesses might prove to be fatal. But I am not that pessimistic. Trump is, I think, a unique politician in this sense: ordinary politicians’ actions fail to live up to their words. They talk a good game, but don’t deliver. Trump’s words fail to live up to his actions. If you ignore what he says and simply look at what he does, you will probably conclude that he is a very good president.

This suggests that the president’s problems are fixable. In any event, he will be the president for the next three years and nine months, at a minimum. The Democrats will never stop howling–it is what they do–but it is far too early to give up on what can be achieved, if only Congressional Republicans will ignore the D.C. press and do their jobs.

PAUL ADDS: A problem with attributing Coulter’s criticism of Trump to where she lives is that it requires one to explain why she was so keen on Trump in the first place. The mainstream media and the “smart set” — whether in New York or Washington, D.C. — ripped Trump mercilessly throughout 2016 and the early part of 2017. If Coulter were susceptible to that sort of influence, she wouldn’t have been a leading Trump supporter during this time.

In fact, to the extent that a resident of Washington or New York takes cues from media and/or social surroundings, it was easier to support Trump now than in most of 2016. Then, both liberal and conservative media members despised him. Now it’s mainly just liberals who do.

One thing I think we can safely say about Ann Coulter is that she doesn’t take cues from the liberal media or the “smart set” in D.C. and New York City.


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