Conservative commentator Ann Coulter appeared to find herself on both sides of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s immigration proposals within a few hours of the GOP candidate's apparent softening of his tone on immigration.
Ann Coulter (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
After Trump expressed to Fox News' Sean Hannity an openness to allowing some immigrants in the country illegally to stay, Coulter, author of the new book “In Trump We Trust,” initially took to Twitter to share her dismay.
Only part he left out was the "hoops" they'll have to jump through! Trump:"No citizenship. Let me go a step further—they'll pay back-taxes"— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 25, 2016
Trump: "they have to pay taxes, there's no amnesty" [Pro Tip: "Back taxes" means we pay illegals $30k apiece in EITC.}— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 25, 2016
It's not "amnesty." It's "comprehensive immigration reform"!!!! Trump: "they have to pay taxes, there's no amnesty."— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 25, 2016
Well, if it's "hard," then nevermind. Trump: "... to take a person who's been here for 15 or 20 years ....It's a very, very hard thing."— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 25, 2016
Trump’s hardline stance on immigration — including his pledge to build a wall on the southern border — has been a cornerstone of his campaign. Coulter enthusiastically supported his candidacy over the policy.
In her book, Coulter wrote, "There's nothing Trump can do that won't be forgiven. Except change his immigration policies."
However, after Trump softened his tone, Coulter appeared to as well.
"I don't think it is a change in policy," Coulter said of Trump’s new position in an interview with the Washington Examiner.
"The policy is anyone who's here illegally is here illegally, does not have the right to be here," she said. "We'll decide whether it's in our interest to let them stay or not. Perhaps it is in our interest to let some of them stay."
Some commentators noted that Trump's new position awkwardly coincided with the release of Coulter's book.
TheBlaze previously reported that Coulter said that it would be a mistake for the GOP candidate to soften his position the issue and that “this could be the shortest book tour ever” if he does.
Also on Wednesday, Coulter attended a launch party for her book hosted by Breitbart News. At press time, Breitbart had not yet reported on either Trump or Coulter’s pivots. Neither had the Drudge Report.
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