In 2015, Bill Maher’s audience erupted in laughter when Ann Coulter predicted that Donald Trump would win the 2016 general election. Coulter would become one of Trump’s biggest supporters, writing a book subtly titled In Trump We Trust, and calling the president an “emperor god.” But that was then.
In December, Coulter unloaded on Trump, branding him a “gutless president” and “a vulgar publicity hound.” Within hours, the president’s Twitter follower count conspicuously went from 46 to 45.
“If you had promised to build a wall every single day for 18 months of your winning campaign — the day after your election wouldn't you have started meeting with, you know, members of — of the Seabees, and — and military types, and allies in Congress to figure out how to get it going so that the day you're sworn in you'd be down at the border, you'd be talkin' to the rebar guys, and start building the wall?,” Coulter told VICE News. “Well, Trump didn't do that.”
With the government shutdown now in its 24th day — and with criticism mounting even from his own party — President Trump has been immoveable on the border wall, after having previously softened on his demand for $5 billion in funding.
“It is self-preservation,” Coulter said. “Because he is dead in the water if he doesn't build that wall. Dead, dead, dead. Dead.”