Fired Up Ann Coulter Erupts After Omnibus Bill Passes - 'You'll Be Impeached'


Was the White House expecting this?

When President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending plan to keep the government operating through September, he had to be ready to take heat from conservatives.

But from some of the most prominent conservative voices in the country, the reaction was scathing.

Ann Coulter, the author and commentator, was one of the earliest passengers on board the Trump Train, though she’d been voicing doubts as far back as last spring about whether the president was going to live up to his promises.

But even for the author of 2015’s “Adios America,” about the danger of illegal immigration, and 2016’s “In Trump We Trust,” the bill signed Friday was a bridge too far.

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In a series of Twitter posts, the controversial columnist erupted with criticism of the Trump’s reasons for signing the spending plan, and predicted it was going to end badly for his administration.

Very badly.

They started with Coulter’s trademark stiletto sarcasm, comparing Trump to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer – the oily New Yorker whose knee-jerk opposition to Trump (and ability to cry on camera) have made him a hero to the left.

Then she tore into Trump’s statement that he signed the bill because of the much-needed money it was going to mean for the nation’s military.

In fairness to Trump, Coulter was ignoring how much the bill is going to pump up the military. Billions are going to be allocated for raises for the men and women in uniform, and billions more for the ships, planes and missiles that make up the country’s military strength.

When Trump signed the bill at a White House ceremony, Defense Secretary James Mattis was at his side. And in an appearance promoting the bill Thursday on “Fox & Friends,” House Speaker Paul Ryan even called it the “the Trump-Jim Mattis budget for the military.”

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Ryan also pointed out that the spending plan passed funded even more of the proposed Trump wall on the border with Mexico than the administration asked for.

But critics like Coulter were having none of it.

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Coulter wasn’t the only big name on the right to come out against Trump for signing the bill. Actor James Woods, that rare open conservative in Hollywood, also predicted doom for the president. “The Democrats gave you the rope, Mr. President, and you just hanged yourself with it,” he wrote in a Twitter post.

And even Laura Ingraham, a commentator so pro-Trump she was talked about for the job of White House press secretary, went to Twitter to voice her disappointment on Friday.

If conservatives are demoralized enough by Trump’s acceptance of a bill that includes more than $500 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood, among other excesses, it could lead to a midterm blowout in the fall.

That was exactly the result Coulter predicted. Democrats who’ve made no secret of their desire to impeach Trump are virtually guaranteed to do it if they win control of the House this year.

Scoffing at Trump’s vow Friday that “I will never sign a bill like this again,” Coulter wrote that there would be a good reason for that.

“Politics ain’t beanbag,” as the old saying goes, and Trump had to know his own side was going to erupt at how this bill was passed and what it contains. But this might have been more than even the White House was expecting.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.