Conservative expert Ann Coulter predicts the end of Donald Trump’s hegemony in the GOP and says the former president “is done.”
“Trump is done,” Coulter, a former Trump booster who became a critic, wrote in an email to The New York Times. “You should not occupy him.”
Coulter’s comments came in one article published in Times Sunday about the growing tensions between Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) amid speculation about a potential showdown over the 2024 Republican presidential candidate.
While DeSantis has so far tried to quell rumors that he is running for a possible bid from the White House, his progress in the GOP and growing national profile has irritated Trump, who sees the Florida governor as to blame for his political success.
Trump has privately lamented DeSantis’ refusal to publicly commit to renouncing a 2024 race if the former president chooses to make another bid for the White House.
But Trump has also begun to sharpen his stance on DeSantis publicly. In an interview with a South Florida radio host last month, Trump appeared to challenge the Florida governor and said he would beat DeSantis in a 2024 primary election if he decided to run.
“If he wanted to run, that’s okay with me,” Trump said. “I think we would win a lot.”
Trump also appeared to be taking a stand against DeSantis during a recent interview with the conservative One America News Network, in which he slammed politicians who would not say whether they received a COVID-19 booster shot as “gutless.” DeSantis has repeatedly avoided questions about his booster status.
Coulter threw himself at Trump over these comments in a tweet last week, the former president called him a “liar and deceiver.”
“EXCLUSIVE: Trump demands to know Ron DeSantis’ booster status, and I can now reveal that,” Coulter wrote. “He was a loyal booster when Trump ran in 2016, but then he learned that our president was a liar and deceiver whose grief was permanent. I hope that clears things up.”
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