Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter recently decided to make some official endorsements of candidates for the upcoming 2020 election on Twitter. We’ve seen her lash out at Donald Trump on occasion, and even provoke him enough to respond and insult her on record. Coulter’s pick of candidates wasn’t too surprising if you consider that she was one of the earliest and most vocal supporters of Trump throughout the 2016 election cycle and through much of the first half of his term in office. What’s more interesting is who she decided not to endorse: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
While not exactly encouraging her fans to vote for Mitch McConnell’s opponent, former fighter pilot Amy McGrath, she tweeted: “The lovely Amy McGrath is a Marine Corps veteran. The average donation to her campaign is $36. Mitch McConnell is a broken-down old man owed by cheap labor lobbyists. #DefeatMcConnell.”
It’s not so much an endorsement, as she clarified in a subsequent tweet, as insisting that Kentuckians stay home and not give McConnell their support. Don’t mistake this as thinking that Coulter has suddenly joined the Resistance. She’s turning on McConnell and Donald Trump because they haven’t been making good on the insane demands that now make up the GOP platform.
Coulter also offered an endorsement to Kris Kobach, the notorious racist Trump was considering for a cabinet position. Kobach, who is running for Kansas senate, is the candidate McConnell dreads – because the people of Kansas know he’s a despicable human and denied him the governorship back in 2018. Should he be the party’s nominee, Republicans will have to worry about playing defense in a solid red state. Whether he wins or loses this election, Mitch McConnell has lost control of the party.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making