The phrase former President Donald Trump coined to criticize his Republican detractors has now been used to disregard his leadership capabilities, as right-wing pundit Ann Coulter describes him as a “RINO.”
Coulter described the former President as a “jacka** RINO” in a substack she cross-posted to Twitter on Saturday (November 26). The right-wing pundit used the term — an acronym for “Republican in Name Only” — while discussing Trump’s future in the GOP.
Coulter’s criticism of Trump — who she once was a staunch supporter of — began during his tenure in the White House, but has heightened since the midterms and the GOP’s failed red wave.
In the video clip posted to Twitter, Coulter does an “issue by issue” comparison between the former President and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
She praised DeSantis for keeping Florida open during the COVID-19 pandemic and his refusal to impose vaccine mandates, describing the Florida Governor as a “true rightwinger.”
Coulter contrasted DeSantis’s actions with Trump’s, who she said: “is the jacka** RINO.”
Coulter went on to say that the former President was “on his last legs,” explaining that there were very few “Trump diehards” remaining, which she said would result in Trump losing the Republican nomination.
Coulter’s comments come in the wake of Trump losing a significant amount of support from prominent conservatives in the aftermath of the GOP’s midterm results. However, his staunch supporters and allies believe this won’t stop the former President from mounting a successful White House.
Instead, Trump’s supporters believe his current White House bid mirrors 2016 when he was largely shunned by the GOP establishment.