Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter has a simple explanation for Donald Trump’s apparent softening on his immigration policies.
The Republican presidential nominee, she said, “panicked.”
“It’s just rhetoric but it’s still annoying,” Coulter told The Hill on Wednesday. “I think he panicked and he had to say [it] … I don’t think he is softening. I mean the big thing is the wall.”
An outspoken Trump supporter and illegal immigration opponent, Coulter spoke at a party to launch her new book, “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!”
“There’s nothing Trump can do that won’t be forgiven. Except change his immigration policies,” she wrote in the book. But after Trump’s recent change in tone regarding deportation of illegal immigrants, Coulter found herself in an awkward position.
She said Trump could have approached the immigration policy change differently.
“What he should’ve said is ‘We’ll decide.’ No one has a right who is here illegally. No one has a right to stay. We’ll decide if it helps the country or not for them to stay,” she said.
Asked if she would now be open to letting some illegal immigrants stay in the U.S., Coulter told the Hill, “The main thing is I don’t think we should be talking about them.”
She also disagreed that Trump now sounded like other Republicans with moderate immigration views, such as former presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
“No,” Coulter said. “Rubio never wanted a wall. A big, beautiful wall.”
“If [Trump] got rid of deporting illegals altogether, which he is not, it would still be better than any Republican who has run for president in my lifetime,” she told the Hill.
“There’s no reversal, there’s no change,” she added. “I’m annoyed with the rhetoric. I’m annoyed enough with what he actually did without the media being hysterical about things he didn’t do.”
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