Ann Coulter doubles down: Trump will be 'dead in the water' if he doesn't build the wall

  • Ann Coulter has a message for President Donald Trump: "He is dead in the water if he doesn’t build that wall. Dead, dead, dead."
  • Several days before the partial government shutdown began on December 22, the right-wing columnist and commentator appeared on The Daily Caller's podcast, where she slammed Trump.
  • Now, 27 days into a government shutdown over Trump's proposed wall, Coulter is ratcheting up the pressure on the president — and she doesn't seem to have much sympathy for impacted federal employees.
  • "Oh, gosh, they’ll have to wait a few months before they know fully well they’re going to be paid in full," she said. "Look, I’m not in favor of this, but previous shutdowns have been much more difficult."

Ann Coulter has a message for President Donald Trump: "He is dead in the water if he doesn’t build that wall. Dead, dead, dead."

Several days before the partial government shutdown began on December 22, the right-wing columnist and commentator appeared on The Daily Caller's podcast, where she slammed Trump.

"Trump will just have been a joke presidency who scammed the American people, amused the populists for a while, but he’ll have no legacy whatsoever," she said.

At the time, Trump signaled that he would sign a stopgap measure to keep the government funded until February 8 (a measure that was passed unanimously in the Senate) without $5.7 billion in funding for his proposed border wall.

Coulter and other conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh were not pleased. Building a wall along the US-Mexico border was a key campaign promise.

Later in that December week, Trump did an about-face, saying he would not sign a bill that didn't have funding for the wall. A bill with border wall funding could not be passed by the deadline (not enough votes in the Senate), and on December 22 a partial government shutdown began.

Left-leaning commentators and a Republican lawmaker accused Trump of caving to Coulter, et. al. "You have two talk-radio hosts who completely flipped the president," Republican Sen. Bob Corker told reporters. "And so, do we succumb to tyranny of talk-radio hosts?"

Now, nearly a month into a government shutdown over Trump's proposed wall, Coulter is leaning in on pressuring the president.

In an interview with Vice News that aired on Tuesday, Coulter shared her frustration with the president, but also said, "as long as he makes the fight about immigration, he will win."

Coulter lashed out at Democrats for not funding the wall while "weeping" over the 800,000 federal government employees that are either furloughed without pay or working without pay — and who may have missed their first paycheck last Friday — saying government workers get better benefits and pensions than most people.

"Oh, gosh, they’ll have to wait a few months before they know fully well they’re going to be paid in full," she said. "Look, I’m not in favor of this, but previous shutdowns have been much more difficult."

The shutdown isn't just impacting federal employees: the economy is suffering, airport security and wait times have been impacted, already backlogged immigration courts have stagnated, and national parks are falling into disrepair.

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: Ann Coulter, left, is interviewed for One America News Network on Wednesday October 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. Coulter is promoting her new book, 'Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican'. (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Jimmie Walker and Ann Coulter during 5th Annual TV Land Awards - Arrivals at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Political commentator and author Ann Coulter arrives at the premiere of 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!' at iPic Theaters on July 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Political commentator, author Ann Coulter attends The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe at Sony Studios on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Commentator Ann Coulter attends The Comedy Central Roast Of Rob Lowe held at Sony Studios on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Ann Coulter attends the Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe at Sony Studios on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
CORAL GABLES, FL - MARCH 10: Ann Coulter signs copies of her book 'Adios America' at Books and Books on March 10, 2016 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10: Ann Coulter arrives at the TV Land Icon Awards at The Barker Hanger on April 10, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
CORAL GABLES, FL - MARCH 10: Ann Coulter signs copies of her book 'Adios America' at Books and Books on March 10, 2016 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Ann Coulter, Alan Alda, and Malcolm Jamal Warner are the guests today, October 16, 2015 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Ann Coulter speaks during Politicon at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Political pundit/author Ann Coulter arrives for the Premiere Of The Asylum's 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!' at iPic Theaters on July 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Ann Coulter and Lou Ferrigno arrives at the Premiere Of The Asylum's 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!' at iPic Theaters on July 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Political commentator and author Ann Coulter arrives at the premiere of 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!' at iPic Theaters on July 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: Political Commentator Ann Coulter and actor Evan Henzi attend AN OPEN SECRET Los Angeles Premiere on July 15, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Platform Media Group)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 15: Commentator Ann Coulter attends the Los Angeles premiere of Amy Berg's 'An Open Secret' at Writers Guild Theater on July 15, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Director Matthew Heineman and Ann Coulter attend The Orchard And The Cinema Society Host A Special Screening Of 'Cartel Land' after party at Tribeca Grand Hotel on June 25, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Author Ann Coulter speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ann Coulter speaks during Politicon at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California on July 29, 2017. Politicon is a bipartisan convention that mixes politics, comedy and entertainment. (Photo by: Ronen Tivony) (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 29: Ann Coulter (L) and Greg Proops speak during their appearance at Pasadena Convention Center on July 29, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Ann Coulter is the guest, Monday, May 1, 2017 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, SUNNY HOSTIN, JOY BEHAR, ANN COULTER, SARA HAINES, JEDEDIAH BILA
PASADENA, CA - JULY 29: Ann Coulter (L) and Greg Lewis at Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 29, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Politicon)
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Still, Coulter told Vice News, the wall is all.

"More Americans die from drug overdose every year than died in the entire course of the Vietnam War, and the vast majority of those drugs are being brought in because we have a wide-open border," she continued. "I care more about that than I care about the Yosemite gift shop being open."

This line — a variation used by Trump during his primetime Oval Office address last week — has been fact checked. The overdose death toll figure on its own is accurate.

"According to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 72,000 people in the US are predicted to have died from drug overdoses in 2017 — nearly 200 a day," Vox reported. Vox continued: "As with 2016, the 2017 death toll is higher than all US military casualties in the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined."

However, according to The Washington Post, the Drug Enforcement Administration says that most drugs come through legal ports of entry, not at unsupervised areas of the border, thus a wall would not necessarily stop the flow. Potent opioids like Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin, can also be ordered online from places like China.

Coulter, who was initially all-in on Trump (writing a 2016 book called "In Trump We Trust"), has also expressed dismay over his presidency. Their relationship may have soured somewhat (after recent criticism, the president unfollowed her on Twitter) though Coulter claims in the interview that Trump still keeps an ear out for her, insisting Trump "reads my stuff".

 

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