- The Washington Times
Monday, May 15, 2017

Ann Coulter, conservative author and one of Donald Trump’s most dedicated followers, claimed Sunday that the president’s hiring of his relatives in the White House is the only “fascist” thing he’s done in office.

Ms. Coulter told The Daily Caller in an interview that she has been opposed to Mr. Trump’s hiring of family members since the beginning of his presidency.


“Americans don’t like that, I don’t like that,” she said. “That’s the one fascist thing he’s done. Hiring his kids.”

Mr. Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, is a special assistant to the president and her husband, Jared Kushner, is a senior adviser to the president. Both are unpaid.

Ms. Coulter said she could understand why Mr. Trump would want to surround himself with people he trusts, but she still doesn’t agree with it.

“And by the way, this isn’t to say anything bad about Jared,” she told The Daily Caller. “Everything I know about him, I think he’s doing a great job. But even if he is absolutely the best person for the job, I don’t like the hiring of relatives.”

Less than four months into Mr. Trump’s presidency and the conservative pundit said her support is already beginning to waver.

“I’m not very happy with what has happened so far,” she said. “I guess we have to try to push him to keep his promises. But this isn’t North Korea, and if he doesn’t keep his promises, I’m out. This is why we voted for him. I think everyone who voted for him knew his personality was grotesque, it was the issues.”

Ms. Coulter said Congress deserves most of the blame.

“They are swine,” she said. “They only care about their own careers.

“Who knows how much of it is corruption and how much of it is pure stupidity? People should start sending Paul Ryan bricks to indicate how much we want the wall,” she said, referring to Mr. Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

“They are the opposition party to Donald Trump,” she said of Congress. “This is really something we’ve never seen before. The president stands alone, it’s his own political party, he’s Gary Cooper. All we have is millions of Americans behind him, but he doesn’t have anybody in Washington behind him.”

Despite her criticism, Ms. Coulter said she still believes in “Trumpism.”

“I have no regrets for ferociously supporting him. What choice did we have?” she asked. “We had no choice. Yeah, I mean, my fingers are still crossed. It’s not like I’m out yet, but boy, things don’t look good.”


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