CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blamed Ann Coulter and other right-wing commentators for pushing President Donald Trump to force a government shutdown over funding for the border wall.
Toobin was speaking to Wolf Blitzer on CNN as the debate over the border wall was pushing Congress towards a government shutdown on midnight Friday.
"Republicans are complaining, Jeffrey, that they can't figure out exactly where the president stands," Blitzer explained, "they meet with him, they hear what he's saying, but he's not telling them 'I'm gonna sign this but I'm not gonna sign that'"
"Well what they should be doing, obviously, is checking with Ann Coulter," Toobin responded, "because apparently she's the president of the United States as far as this is concerned."
"I mean, this was a deal," Toobin continued, "this deal was agreed to, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who is nobody's idea of a flaming liberal, [House Speaker] Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), everybody thought this deal was done."
"And you know what?" he added. "The president lost on the wall because he didn't have the votes. But then you know, Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter started challenging the president's manhood and the House Republicans started stamping their feet, and the president decided 'no no no, I'm gonna scream and yell and shut down the government even though I still don't have the votes!'"
"So, I mean I guess Ann Coulter has to figure out how this is all gonna end," Toobin exclaimed, "because she's the person that is driving the federal government at this point!"
"God help us!" he concluded.
Coulter has been criticizing the president with a running update on her Twitter account on the number of miles of the border wall that have been built.
"Miles completed yesterday--Zero," she tweeted. "Miles completed since Inauguration--Zero."
Here's the video of Toobin blaming Coulter for the shutdown: