Ann Coulter was less than thrilled with Nikki Haley’s Donald Trump bashing last night and unleashed a tweetstorm in response.
“Trump should deport Nikki Haley,” satirically asserted the controversial author and pundit on the social media network in the tweet that attracted the most outrage from her detractors.
“Coulter’s passion on the immigration issue has led her to being a huge supporter of…Donald Trump. That fondness for Trump has also led Coulter to defend the candidate from critics,” the Daily Caller noted.
The author of the best-seller Adios America, Coulter also recently got into a big argument on MSNBC with Republican consultant Liz Mair over Trump’s fiscal conservative bona fides or lack thereof. Trump is a former Democrat and Independent.
“It’s all about immigration. It doesn’t really matter what a Republican’s position is on saving Social Security or how they’re going to reform Medicare. Americans are being outvoted by foreigners, and Americans have been begging their own party to shut it down, to stop this endless immigration for decades now,” amnesty foe Coulter declared on the TV network about the failure of both major political parties to come to grips with the situation.
The GOP picked Nikki Haley, the popular and charismatic governor of South Carolina and possible Republican vice presidential selection, to give the party’s response to Obama’s State of the Union address. Born in South Carolina, Haley is the daughter of immigrants from India.
In her prepared remarks, Gov. Haley asserted that “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”
Trump should deport Nikki Haley.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 13, 2016
In a subsequent NBC interview, the governor reaffirmed her opposition to illegal immigration but conceded that the alleged angry and unhelpful voices to which she referred included but was not limited to the presidential front-runner of her own party.
“[Trump] is one of them, yes. There’s other people in the media, there’s people in my state, I think we’re seeing it across the country. But yes, Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk.”
Haley was probably doing the bidding of the so-called GOP establishment, which would be expected (from the power brokers in both parties) in crafting the storyline of a nationally televised political speech.
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) January 13, 2016
The Haley criticism will probably help Trump with GOP-leaning primary voters who are fundamentally fed up with politics as usual, however, as has been widely reported by many media outlets.
I'm sure that having Haley dedicate her SOTU response to Trump was cathartic, but it does increase his chances of winning the nomination.
— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) January 13, 2016
In an interview on Fox & Friends this morning, Trump fired back, saying Haley is “weak on illegal immigration,” adding that in the past, she came to him for political donations. “She certainly has no trouble asking me for campaign contributions. Over the years, she’s asked me for a hell of a lot of money in campaign contributions…perhaps if I weren’t running she’d be in my office asking me for money…”
Trump characteristically reminded the hosts of his “massive” lead in South Carolina according to the polls, but made it sound like Haley lost her chance to be on the Trump ticket if he secures the nomination. “Whoever I pick is also going to be very strong on illegal immigration.”
In the SOTU address, Obama also seemed to climb on the anti-Trump bandwagon, at one point saying that “We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong.”
Parenthetically, it is perhaps unprecedented that someone from the opposing party who hasn’t even been nominated gets so much attention at the State of Union.
The State Of The Union speech was one of the most boring, rambling and non-substantive I have heard in a long time. New leadership fast!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2016
In the same interview, Trump didn’t mince words about the content of the Obama SOTU speech. “[Obama] doesn’t want to talk about what’s going on in the world, the real facts that are going on in the world. He’s living in a fantasy land.”
— The Hill (@thehill) January 13, 2016
Responding to Ann Coulter’s tweet about theoretically deporting Nikki Haley, the chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party called the idea “despicable.”
Haley: Let in unlimited immigrants "just like we have for centuries." Has she read a history book? Coolidge shut it down for 1/2 a century.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 13, 2016
(Photo by Cliff Owen/AP)