President Donald Trump managed to piss a lot of people off on Tuesday afternoon with his blistering press conference, but he made at least one conservative extremely happy. In the wake of Trump’s remarks, longtime supporter (and frequent critic) Ann Coulter said it was a breath of fresh air from a president she’d begun to have doubts about.
“We were Gideon’s army without Gideon,” Coulter tweeted. “Today, we got our leader back.”
Coulter, who was one of the first prominent conservative names to throw in with the Trump Train in 2015, has been highly critical of the president in recent months, claiming that he has all-but-abandoned his promises on border security, i.e., the wall. She also took him to task last week for endorsing Alabama Sen. Luther Strange over his Republican primary opponents, whom many see as much more likely to further the conservative movement.
While we don’t necessarily share in Coulter’s criticism of the president – it feels utterly ridiculous to hold Trump to a politically-impossible standard of righteousness, as though anyone else could have achieved what he has achieved thus far – but we do agree that this was a Trump rarely seen on Tuesday. This was “Campaign Trump.” Belligerent, unrestrained, classic Donald Trump. Does this benefit him? Or the movement? Or his agenda? That’s another story. But he stood up in front of the hostile media and told the plain and simple courageous truth about Charlottesville, and there’s something to be said for that. If you don’t have truth at the end of the day, you don’t have anything.
“What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, at the alt-right? Do they have any assemblage of guilt?” Trump asked reporters. “What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. That was a horrible, horrible day.”
Trump was willing to do what almost no one else inside or outside the Republican Party was willing to do, which is to point out the obvious fact that it wasn’t ONLY white supremacists who came to Charlottesville spoiling for a fight. He denounced violence in all of its forms. That’s what a leader does. That’s what a courageous man does, even in the face of almost insurmountable pressure. Trump proved his mettle (once again) on Tuesday, even if this controversy could wind up eating his presidency alive.