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POKES FUN AT “FOX NEWS, NATIONAL REVIEW, AND THE ‘WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT'”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 6, 2016) — While speaking at an event in Milford, NH for presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday evening, commentator and author Ann Coulter raised a number of issues which she said have been termed “politically incorrect” for discussion among presidential hopefuls.
“Candidates aren’t supposed to care what the voters think,” Coulter said tongue-in-cheek by way of introduction. “Presidential candidates just aren’t supposed to act like they like Americans more than they like foreigners,” Coulter said to mounting applause punctuated with shouting and cheers.
She said that Trump’s campaign is unique in that he “is appealing to a very strange group, this small niche of voters, the American people.”
Her subtle humor continued when she said that “Republican presidential candidates” are expected to endorse such ideas as the “no child left in Mexico or Central America Behind Act” in a parody on the “No Child Left Behind” Act advocated and signed by President George W. Bush.
“Instead, Donald Trump announced he was running for president by giving a speech talking about Mexican rapists,” Coulter said, referring to Trump’s early declaration that a security “wall” must be built on America’s southern border with Mexico to keep out criminals.
Coulter then began ticking off a “whole list of politically-incorrect words you’re never supposed to use [as a presidential candidate]: ‘anchor baby,’ ‘amnesty,’ ‘natural born citizen,’ ‘bimbo,’ ‘schlonged,’ ‘a wall…’
She then predicted that “one by one,” Donald Trump would “use every politically-incorrect word before the end of this campaign.”
Trump questioned Obama’s eligibility as a “natural born Citizen” in 2011 by demanding that he release his long-form birth certificate. On April 27, 2011, the White House released a birth certificate image later said to be a “computer-generated forgery” beyond the standard of probable cause by the Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse.
Trump has also questioned Sen. Ted Cruz’s eligibility because of his birth in Canada. Cruz insists he is a “natural born Citizen,” as is required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution, by virtue of his mother’s U.S. citizenship.
Coulter has previously said that she does not believe Cruz is eligible.
Coulter spoke about actions Obama has taken while in the White House, including trading five high-level Taliban fighters for an alleged Army deserter, Bowe Bergdahl; importing more than one million unvetted Muslim immigrants; and providing assault weapons to “Mexican drug lords,” among others.
Coulter contrasted Obama’s actions with what she believes Trump would do in similar situations. “President Trump will say, ‘No, I don’t think so,'” she said.
Mocking the “Washington establishment” and its expectations of a presidential race, Coulter painted what a Trump inauguration might look like and urged Milford to send its band to take part in the festivities.
Following Coulter’s introduction, Trump told his audience that the Democrats would sue Cruz if he were to receive the Republican nomination over the eligibility issue. Trump also disparaged the “Voter Violation” flyers Cruz’s campaign sent to Iowans prior to the caucus last Monday.
“What kind of people do we have running for office?” Trump asked rhetorically. “It’s honestly really, really dishonest, and I think I know why. You know why? Because he was born in Canada,” Trump said. “Happens to be a problem, folks.”
Coulter was critical of Fox News when Trump decided not to participate in a debate moderated by Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier just before the Iowa caucuses, referring to a comment she viewed as “snippy” and “self-important” made by an as-yet-unnamed Fox News spokesman.