This week Donald Trump embarked on a desperate effort to stave off the demise of his base. He threw the Democrats a bone on immigration. He was hoping he could stop his sinking poll numbers from falling even further. He was looking to throw the Republicans for a loop so they’d be in too much chaos to put together any coherent plan for ousting him ahead of the midterms. What Trump didn’t count on was just how rabidly his own racist base and cheerleaders would turn against him.
Last night we saw two of Trump’s biggest cheerleaders, Fox News host Sean Hannity and Republican Congressman Steve King, assert that Trump had destroyed his own support base by giving in to the Democrats on DACA. But that was nothing compared to the reaction of Ann Coulter, who had married herself so thoroughly to Trump’s racist agenda that she even wrote a book about it.
After Trump tweeted his definitive support for DACA this morning, Ann Coulter tweeted “At this point, who DOESN’T want Trump impeached?” She then added “If we’re not getting a wall, I’d prefer President Pence.” Then she piled on: “Let’s play Jeopardy. ANSWER: An Easter egg. QUESTION: What’s
the only thing easier to roll than Donald J. Trump?”
Coulter’s primary goal is to create enough controversy to sell her books, and we ordinarily wouldn’t want to oblige her. But in this instance, by going so far as to call for Donald Trump’s impeachment, she’s signaling that even Trump’s base is on the verge of giving up on him. They voted specifically for his racist, xenophobic, and white supremacist policies. Although he’s kept most of those policies intact, he staked himself so thoroughly to racism that he risks losing his base even by flip flopping on one racial issue.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report