Conservative commentator Ann Coulter slammed President Donald Trump and other Republicans in Washington over their decision to pass the much-maligned $1.1 trillion spending bill.
“If this is the budget deal we get when Republicans control the House, the Senate and the presidency, there’s no point in ever voting for a Republican again,” wrote Coulter in a column titled, “Swamp People: 47; Trump: 0.”
Coulter singled out House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney, calling the latter “ridiculously chipper” and lambasting Ryan’s capitulation to Democratic pressure.
“Not only is there no funding for a wall, but — thanks to the deft negotiating skills of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., — the bill actually prohibits money from being spent on a wall.”
The bill, almost wholeheartedly rejected by conservative pundits, fully funds Planned Parenthood, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iran deal, and explicitly rejects funding for Trump’s famous border wall.
Ryan, for his part, bragged that the deal — which funds the government through September — expanded funding for the military and for border security, despite not dedicating any money toward a border wall.
“We have boosted resources for our defense needs without corresponding increases in non-defense spending,” Ryan told reporters.
Coulter criticized Republican efforts to reach across the aisle, echoing sentiments from GOP voters who are frustrated with such attempts.
“Republicans’ idea is always to surrender this time, in hopes that their gentlemanliness will be rewarded by their mortal enemies next time,” Coulter wrote. “Then, next time comes, and Republicans again surrender in hopes of currying favor with the Democrats and the media for the next time.”
Bloomberg said the compromise reads more like an “Obama administration-era spending bill than a Trump one.” The bill will provide a $2 billion influx to the National Institutes of Health, $990 million for famine aid, along with a $1.1 billion boost for disaster recovery funds.
To conservatives, Trump’s decision to back the spending bill is his second swing and miss after he backed the GOP health care plan, which tanked his approval ratings as well as those of GOP congressman.
Trump is now preparing to push forward the new health care plan, which does not repeal Obamacare; his aides say he’s going to push for a massive infrastructure spending plan sometime in the next two or three weeks.
“We’re not winning. We’re losing, and we’re losing on the central promise of Trump’s campaign,” Coulter wrote. “How would Trump, the businessman, react if an underling charged with developing a new golf course could never break ground?”