Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter spoke at the Politicon convention in Pasadena, California, over the July 29-30 weekend. Moderator Touré Neblett asked Coulter about President Donald Trump, saying: “Can he win over some progressives, and should he even try?”
In response, Coulter said that Trump cannot be blamed for divisiveness in the country. “Obviously, he won a lot of Democrats over. Democrats, the old Reagan Democrats,” she said. She pointed to work by Stanley Greenberg -- a pollster for the Democratic Party -- who she said has been following Macomb County in Michigan every four years because it is a “microcosm of the Reagan voters.” The suburb of Detroit, she said, voted for Barack Obama twice, but ultimately went for Donald Trump in 2016. She insisted, “That was the big swing. That is what gave Trump Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan. I think those voters are pretty much unavailable to progressives as they are currently constituted.
Coulter went on the describe that a man in Arizona said that he loved Trump and hated Hillary Clinton was because “They hated Trump for all the same reasons they hate me. That’s how working-class, middle-class Americans are feeling right now.”
“The ‘deplorable’ line from Hillary was just the most piercing example of that. If Trump fulfills his promises, he will continue to get these Democrat votes.” Saying that Trump may even pick up some progressive voters, Coulter said that Trump is “hardly religious right” and that he received no support from Wall Street for his presidential bid.
Addressing why Trump is "so upsetting to the left," Coulter said "I think it's because he represents what they do hate and what it is I'm talking about: he represents the Walmart voter. And they know 'we can't attack the Walmart voter,' but 'we can attack the billionaire that represents them.'"
Coulter also sparred with leftist Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks, and sought to address the use and legalization of marijuana in the United States. She warned that marijuana is “destroying the country” and also “makes people retarded.”
Taking the legalization line, Kasparian shot back, “I don’t care if you’re black, white, Asian, Latino — doesn’t matter. You shouldn’t be prosecuted for marijuana possession. That’s a gigantic waste of our resources.” Referencing an unnamed, Coulter said that black Americans “lie” about marijuana usage more than any other group in the U.S. “There have been further studies where they actually drug test the person after asking ‘Do you smoke pot, or have you smoked pot in the last week?’ and it turns out there’s a racial difference in telling the truth on ‘Did you smoke pot’? Blacks were about 10 times more likely to lie and say they hadn’t smoked pot,” Coulter said.
Coulter also claimed that suspects arrested for marijuana possession seldom see any jail time.
“No, I know you’re all potheads, and you’re gonna have trouble following what I’m about to say, but almost 90 percent of people in prison are in prison as a result of a plea bargain,” she said. “No one gets arrested and tried for possession of marijuana. But if they happen to have marijuana on them that’s what they plea it down. But you’re not going to prison for that, you’re going to prison because you held up a liquor store with a sawed-off shotgun, and they found pot on you.”
When engaged by Kasparian and Toure as to whether cannabis should be legalized nationwide, Coulter was emphatic: “No,” she answered, while also opining on unlimited immigration.
“You can legalize all the drugs you want once there isn’t a welfare state, but no. Marijuana makes people retarded, especially when they’re young. We’ve got enough busboys. We’re bringing in busboys by the million through our immigration policy. We do not need a country of busboys. We’re destroying the country.”