Conservative political commentators Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh have both turned against Trump this week – Coulter in a scathing article on her website and Trump in a segment on his radio show.
Congress is currently wrestling over passage of a continuing resolution to avoid a government shut down this week.
Salon reports that “Much to the chagrin of right-wing commentators like Rush Limbaugh, President Donald Trump just walked back his pledge to include funding for the border wall in next year’s federal budget, as he faces a looming government shutdown this week.
Limbaugh blasted Trump on his radio program on Tuesday, saying that he’s “very, very troubled” by Trump’s move backing down on that demand.
He began the segment proclaiming that: “I’m not happy to have to pass this on. I’m very, very troubled to have to pass this on. And I want to say at the outset that I hope my interpretation is wrong, and I hope this is not the case. But it looks like, from here, right here, right now, it looks like President Trump is caving on his demand for a measly $1 billion in the budget for his wall on the border with Mexico.”
“But the problem here, folks, is one of politics,” he later added. “If this happens, if Trump does cave — and I use the word ‘cave’ guardedly. Trump, I’m sure, does not ever think he caves on anything. But outward appearances are what they are. And the bottom line is that, if he is willing to withdraw a demand of his for a measly billion dollars for the wall because the Democrats are threatening a shutdown, then the Democrats will have just learned that this threat works on Trump, too, not just all the other Republicans.”
Coulter chimed in the following day, publishing an article on her website titled: “Not Building the Wall IS a Government Shutdown.”
Noting that “The government’s No. 1 job is to protect the nation,” Coulter, a highly vocal critic of immigration, writes that: “This has always been true, but it’s especially important at this moment in history, when we have drugs, gang members, diseases and terrorists pouring across our border. The failure of the government to close our border is the definition of a government shutdown.”
Coulter adds that: “No one voted for Trump because of the ‘Access Hollywood‘ tape. They voted for him because of his issues; most prominently, his promise to build ‘a big beautiful wall.’ And who’s going to pay for it? MEXICO! You can’t say that at every campaign rally for 18 months and then not build a wall.”
Do not imagine that a Trump double-cross on the wall will not destroy the Republican Party. Oh, we’ll get them back. No, you won’t. Trump wasn’t a distraction: He was the last chance to save the GOP.
Millions of Americans who hadn’t voted in 30 years came out in 2016 to vote for Trump. If he betrays them, they’ll say, “You see? I told you. They’re all crooks.”
No excuses will work. No fiery denunciations of the courts, the Democrats or La Raza will win them back, even if Trump comes up with demeaning Twitter names for them.
Coulter adds that Trump’s “epic betrayal” would be worse than George H.W. Bush “betraying voters on ‘no new taxes.’ Worse than LBJ escalating the Vietnam War. There would be nothing like it in the history of politics.”
“He’s the commander in chief! He said he’d build a wall. If he can’t do that, Trump is finished, the Republican Party is finished, and the country is finished,” she ominously concludes.