If you haven’t read Frank Bruni’s interview with Ann Coulter, there’s no need to, but I want to draw attention to one part:
Bruni: The $1.3 trillion spending bill that he signed last week sent you over the edge.
Coulter: Yes. This is a different category you’re seeing now: Former Trumpers. That should be terrifying to the president. Maybe he’ll actually keep his promises. Unlike Marco Rubio. Unlike the rest of them. Unlike Mitch McConnell. We have been betrayed over and over and over with presidents promising to do something about immigration. If he played us for suckers, oh, you will not see rage like you have seen.
Steve M of No More Mister Nice Blog has a good post about how Coulter is attacking Trump from the right, so if there is ever going to be a primary challenger, it won’t be someone more soft spoken like John Kasich—it’d have to be someone nastier and more right-wing than Trump.
But I want to home in on that phrase “Former Trumper.” First, Coulter won’t admit to being one herself despite her critiques:
Bruni: Are you a Former Trumper?
Coulter: He can still come back. If he builds the wall, he’ll be the Emperor God again. I’ll throw a huge party. I’ll start a committee to put him on Mount Rushmore. But right now, if I were a betting woman, I don’t think we’re getting a wall.
Second, it’s not entirely clear that no wall is a deal breaker, even among his staunchest supporters. Trump is attempting to create the illusion that there is, in fact, a border wall being built:
But we learned that those photos are from a project that was started in 2009, a project meant to replace a 2.25-mile part of a wall that already exists. Regardless, there are more than enough people who see something like that and think the “Emperor God” has fulfilled his promise.
Third, this isn’t the first time Coulter has started squawking. In June of last year, Coulter complained that Trump had accomplished almost nothing in his first six months. The writer, Ken Meyer, thought Coulter turning on Trump meant a “seismic crack” in his base. So I think Coulter comes out every now and then and hits Trump from the right to keep herself relevant. It’s a lot harder to keep a right-wing audience engaged if you’re not hollering about something, and it’s probably even harder when the president does your shtick on a galactic level.
Fourth, it’s doubtful that there is any meaningful faction of “Former Trumpers” in the same way it’s doubtful that the “Never Trump” camp is at all a meaningful constituency. There is nothing fearful about them. They will never be large enough of a group to pose any serious threat to Trump’s (non)popularity, and they’ll never, ever vote for a Democrat. So please, “Former Trumpers,” stay home and fume on the internet. We beg you.