If thinkers like Charles Murray and Thomas Sowell represent the more "academic" side of the American conservative movement, then rabble-rousers like Milo Minneapolis and Anne Coulter represent the more rebellious side, often saying shocking things in the public arena to receive attention. Today, Ann Coulter once again is making headlines with a shocking statement she made about Donald Trump. Representing a small minority of Trump supporters, she seems to think he isn't "tough" enough on immigration.
Like many Trump voters, Ann Coulter is holding Trump to very high standards, expecting that he "drain the swamp" and maintain his hard stance on immigration. After Trump's new DACA decision, Coulter has made the highly unusual public announcement that Donald Trump should be impeached.
Yes, indeed. Coulter wants Trump impeached, not because he broke the law or blatantly neglected his constitutional duties, but because he announced an immigration decision that Coulter doesn't personally like. On this front, Coulter joins a large group of Democrats who have called for Trump's impeachment on the ground that he isn't "tough" enough on Russia and that he isn't "presidential."
“At this point, who DOESN’T want Trump impeached?” Coulter tweeted Thursday morning.
The statement was made after a series of tweets made by the President of the United States that appeared, to the horror of Coulter, to be a bipartisan effort to create a law replacing Obama's DACA.
“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!” Trump tweeted early Thursday morning, before adding, “They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at a young age. Plus BIG border security.”
According to the Daily Caller, Coulter wrote a book in 2016 entitled "In Trump We Trust," where she defended Trump's platform. Within days of her book release, however, Coulter was already threatening to cancel her tour when Trump didn't seem to be tough enough on immigration. Coulter's high expectations for Trump on immigration, therefore, seem to have a long history.
Coulter tweeted again on Thursday morning that if Donald Trump doesn't build his wall then she would prefer Mike Pence take his place.
Coulter is also furious that Donald Trump met with Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the White House on Wednesday, in order to discuss border security and DACA. According to the Democrats present at the meeting, Trump promised not to include a border wall in the DACA deal. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that despite reported claims, excluding a border wall was not agreed to in the meeting.
In the opinion of this author, Trump is in a very difficult situation. On the one hand, he needs to pass laws, especially regarding immigration and the border wall, which were the central features of his 2016 campaign. On the other hand, his base demands what might too "tough" a stance on the matter, with absolutely no compromises with those in his own party, let alone with the Democrats. And if he is unable to please his base on the subject of immigration, then 2016 might be a tough battle for Trump.
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