Conservative commentator Ann Coulter was one of President Donald Trump's most vocal supporters during his campaign, but now she says she has her doubts about the president's commitment and ability to keep his promises.
In a May 14 interview with The Daily Caller, the conservative author compared the president to a man who vowed to drive to Los Angeles but then turned around and drove to New York instead. But she hasn't given up all hope yet that they will end up on the West Coast.
"If we just keep going to New York, well again, I'll say we had no choice, but the Trump-haters were right," she said. "It's a nightmare. I can't even contemplate that. Right now I'm still rooting for him to turn around and take us toward LA."
Coulter, who wrote the book "In Trump We Trust," said that one of the worst things the president has done so far, in her opinion, is hiring first daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner as his advisers.
"Americans don't like that, I don't like that," she explained. "That's the one fascist thing he's done. Hiring his kids."
She said that she thinks Kushner is "doing a great job," but she still doesn't approve of his hiring and would not support it "even if he is absolutely the best person for the job."
"But I understand if you're in Washington you don't know who to trust, the party was against you, the politicians were against you, the bureaucracy was against you," Coulter added.
Although she called Secretary of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly "preposterous" and said that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster comes off as "retarded," Coulter said she blames the Republicans in Congress more so than Trump and suggested that those who support the U.S.-Mexico border wall mail Republican House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin bricks to show him how much they want it.
"You can't give up yet," she added. "We have to keep Trump's feet to the fire. It's weird because I really think in his heart he's a genuine patriot."
Coulter has not shied away from criticizing Trump in the past and even called him "mental" in March 2016, comparing the damage control following some of his Twitter feuds to "constantly having to bail out your 16-year-old son from prison," according to the Washington Examiner.
Still, Coulter remains supportive of Trump and told The Daily Caller she is "someplace between 10 percent and 90 percent" sure that the president "can save America."
"I don't apologize for supporting Trump," Coulter said. "He said all the right things and nobody else would even say it. I suppose it's possible that another politician who really meant it would come along."