A smackdown you won’t want to miss
Joining Chris Matthews’ Hardball on MSNBC Monday night, Republican strategist Liz Mair sparred with columnist and purveyor of outrage, Ann Coulter, over Donald Trump’s candidacy.
Coulter, Mitt Romney fan girl and Chris Christie acolyte has been a champion of Trump’s candidacy since he announced.
The result? A smackdown you won’t want to miss:
“Inherently, I don’t think that there’s necessarily a problem with destroying certain aspects of the Republican party as it exists. I think that there are many of us in the Republican Party who have a problem with the establishment and the way that it’s run things, but from my perspective — of someone who is a legitimate economic and fiscal conservative — I do have a problem with Trump and where he stands on array of economic and fiscal conservative issues and the fact that he is very close to Hillary Clinton on those issues and in some cases actually to the left of hers,” said Mair.
Coulter countered that Trump’s candidacy was, “all about immigration,” and that, “it doesn’t really matter what a Republicans position is on saving Social Security or how they’re going to reform Medicare.” Coulter went on to say, “Americans are being out-voted by foreigners and Americans have been begging their own party to shut it down, to stop this endless immigration for decades now.” She then attributed the defeat of amnesty legislation over this past decade to the American people who “shot it down” by “rising up in rage.”
But is that true? Not according to Mair.
“I think that that’s a patently ludicrous notion. I mean, most of the time when we’ve been looking at amnesty fights, supposedly, they’ve actually been shut down by a set of groups funded by a population control enthusiast liberal, who was actually involved in zero-population growth in the Sierra Club. That’s who’s actually shut it down. It’s not actually, in any way, advancing the economic interests of the American people. Free-market economists across the board agree with that. The only people who take the stance that Trump is taking with regards to immigration, and who actually believe that what he’s proposing would be a good idea are hardened liberals who adhere to the same economic policy line of unions out of the 1970s,” said Mair.
Again, Coulter suggests Trump’s popularity is due singularly to the immigration issue (mind you, she also has an “immigration” book out).
Once more, Mair spoke of the players behind the immigration curtain, namely Numbers USA.
Discussion then turned to Trump’s allegations that Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president.
Mair labeled the charges “bogus,” saying both liberals and Establishment Republicans have good reason for wanting to undermine Senator Cruz’s presidential campaign. “Liberals have a vested interest in trying to kick the crap out of Ted Cruz. They hate him and everything he stands for the same as Donald Trump. Who, by the way, is another liberal. He just happens to have an issue with Mexicans,” said Mair.
Coulter took the bait and foisted herself upon the “Ted Cruz isn’t eligible for the presidency because CANADA!” bandwagon.
But Coulter hasn’t always ridden the birther bus. In 2013, Coulter claimed Cruz was eligible for the presidency. Mair, had not forgotten and took the liberty of resurrecting Coulter’s old tweets prior to Hardball.
Cruz in 2016! pic.twitter.com/Xg2MFRKdug
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 17, 2013
TED CRUZ CAN RUN FOR PRESIDENT! I worried on @seanhannity @ his Calgary birth, But his mother was a US citizen, so he was born a citizen.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) February 14, 2013
As the segment closed, Coulter picked Trump as her favorite to take it home — nomination, White House, all of it. “Ann also said that Mitt Romney was the perfect and best Republican candidate and she kissed Chris Christie’s backside up the wazoo,” said Mair. “Immigration!” screeched Coulter.
When Coulter suggested a Trump/Romney ticket, Mair dropped the hammer, “that’s the proof right there that you are in no way conservative and in no way interested in conservative policy.”
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