Will other right-wingers start turning on him, too?
Over his first 115 days in office, Donald Trump managed one historical achievement: At this point in his first term, he’s the least popular president since pollsters began keeping track in 1953. According to Gallup, Trump has a 38 percent approval rating, and although he enjoys high numbers with Republicans (84 percent), support from independents has dropped 10 percent over the past month to just 29 percent.
This historically poor performance has led many to question: When will prominent Republicans hop off the Trump Train?
Last Sunday, author Ann Coulter told the right-wing The Daily Caller that she may be turning away from Trump. It’s a big announcement from a woman whose love for his xenophobia once earned him “blind loyalty.” In the interview, the In Trump We Trust author said she always knew that Trump had a “grotesque” personality, but stuck by him for “the issues.”
Coulter also revealed that Trump hasn’t shown any of the negotiation skills he bragged about on the campaign trail. “Where is the great negotiation?” she asked. “Where is the bull in the china shop we wanted? That budget the Republicans pushed through was like a practical joke … Did we win anything?” She also expressed concern with Trump’s decision to give his daughter and son-in-law major roles in the administration. “I have from the beginning been opposed to Trump hiring any of his relatives.” Coulter said. “Americans don’t like that. I don’t like that. That’s the one fascist thing he’s done. Hiring his kids.”
Although Coulter’s misgivings may signal a major shift in her party’s support for the president, her criticisms come from a troubling place. In The Daily Caller interview she expressed frustration over Trump’s inability to build a wall on the Mexico border and still pledged allegiance to his jingoistic ideology. “Trump was our last shot,” Coulter said. “I kind of thought it was Romney, and then, lo and behold, like a miracle Trump comes along. I still believe in Trumpism. I have no regrets for ferociously supporting him.”