Remember when Ann Coulter was so far in the tank for Donald Trump that she wrote a book about it? Remember how she swore to us that Trump was the answer to, well, just about everything?
Coulter and so many others based their support for Trump one one issue head and shoulders above others: immigration. The chant of “Build the wall!” rang throughout rallies and became a primary issue for then-candidate Trump. And now, two years into his administration, all we have to show for his rhetoric is a government shutdown with no end in sight.
Clearly, the bloom is off the rose for the pundit. After the president’s yuuuge announcement on Saturday in which he dangled a compromise carrot in front of the Democrats who still won’t budge on ending the shutdown, Coulter came out with her guns blazing.
Coulter isn’t happy with Trump’s efforts to secure the border. She hates the idea that building a wall may involve some compromise. She’s angry over the fact that Trump is willing to give and take to get what he wants the most out of the situation.
Here’s the thing: Coulter and her “all or nothing” mentality is as stubborn and as counterproductive as the Democrats digging their heels in and accepting nothing less than an offer no wall. Apparently Coulter would settle for no less than frogmarching all immigrants south of the border on live television.
Ann Coulter’s precious savior Donald Trump is working hard to bring to reality his promise of a secure border. He’s willing to compromise a little bit – something Shelby Foote once said Americans “really have a genius for” – to get the end result he wants. And after all, if a DACA deal gets us border security funding, it’s a small price to pay.
If you’re the Trump administration, what do you do when you’ve lost Ann Coulter? You shrug your shoulders and keep working on getting what you want, even if it has to involve some give and take.