Brutal stuff here. I can actually respectfully disagree with Coulter. She’s basically saying “I knew Trump was an evil and disgusting human being, but I thought maybe that’s what it was going to take to get policy done.” Her premise was pretty crazy, but at least she’s not stupid.
The basic factory setting on the perception of Trump is: gigantic douchebag. This is a man who manufactured fake Time magazine covers featuring himself with the headline, “Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” so that he could put framed copies of it on the walls of his clubs.
His business is convincing people with lowbrow taste to give him their money.
He’s a vulgar publicity hound who used to call reporters in a fake voice and pretend to be his own PR agent, “John Miller” or “John Barron,” so he could brag that actresses wanted to date him.
It’s not as if a majority of his voters weren’t clear-eyed about what kind of man he is. If anything, Trump’s vulgar narcissism made his vow to build a wall more believable. Respectable politicians had made similar promises over the years – and they always betrayed the voters. Maybe it took a sociopath to ignore elite opinion and keep his word.