Republicans and conservatives need Ann Coulter like they needs hemorrhoids, especially when she seriously needs a clue. Once again, the bombastic polemicist has demonstrated that critical thinking isn’t her strong suit.
A story by The Hill elaborates:
“Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter criticized President Trump in a series of tweets Friday over what she said is the lack of progress on the border wall.”
Here are a couple of Coulter’s tweets that the story refers to:
Republicans and conservatives should be able to see that Coulter isn’t thinking correctly. Building a border wall so soon after President Trump’s inauguration is a mission that’s impossible even for Ethan Hunt.
A 03/08/16 AP story states, “Sure, a wall can be built, but it’s not nearly as simple as Trump says it will be. Constructing the wall, now a signature applause line at Trump campaign rallies, is a complicated endeavor, fraught with difficulties. Numerous bureaucratic, diplomatic, environmental, monetary and logistical hurdles must be overcome.”
Has Congress allocated the money needed to build such a wall? No.
From Newsweek, 06/14/17:
“Construction of new barriers along the southern U.S. border with Mexico could start as soon as spring 2018 if the budget is approved.
The House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee held a hearing on Tuesday on the 2018 budget requests for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
CBP acting chief Carla Provost, who has been working in the agency since 1995, told subcommittee chairman John Carter, a Republican congressman for Texas, that the amount requested for the construction of new barriers would allow the works to start as early as March 2018.”
Does the federal government own every inch of land that would be needed for such a wall? No. As the Washington Post reports, “A significant amount of border land in Arizona and New Mexico is owned by the federal government. But most Texas land is privately owned, thanks to its terms of entry into the Union 200 years ago.”
Would it be easy to build such a wall along the Rio Grande? No. A story by the Los Angeles Times explains why:
“About a third of the entire border is fenced, nearly 700 miles. But just 17% of the border in the [Rio Grande] valley has fencing, about 55 miles, a Border Patrol spokesman said. Much of that fence was built during Barack Obama’s presidency as part of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which some residents and environmental groups unsuccessfully sued to block.
The fencing had to meet requirements of a 1970 treaty administered by the International Boundary and Water Commission, a joint U.S.-Mexican agency, which requires that structures built along the Rio Grande cannot disrupt its flow. The result: some U.S. property lies south of the fence but north of the Rio Grande.”
In short, that 2016 AP story is correct. The building of President Trump’s border wall is a complicated endeavor, and the Trump Administration has already done all it can at this point to get construction on the wall started.
So, Ann Coulter’s complaint about President Trump is ridiculous at best. Why then is she so obsessed with the border wall?
Answer: Coulter is notorious for her bigotry against Hispanics, and she sees the proposed border wall as a means to keep more Hispanic people out of the USA.
In a 05/26/15 story for the Daily Beast, Lloyd Grove describes a dinner conversation that he had with Coulter:
“Using language that many doubtless will find hair-raising if not downright offensive, Coulter speaks of the “browning of America” — a term she says she adopted as a negative after seeing it bandied favorably on MSNBC — and how the country is being ruined by an influx from Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, Vietnam, Nigeria, and other benighted locales.”
Seriously, in the light of her anti-Hispanic bigotry – especially her anti-Mexican bigotry – Republicans and conservatives should treat Ann Coulter the way that physicians treat a bodily limb that has gangrene.