As Trump’s campaign has continued to build momentum, I have confusedly drifted through the inevitable stages of my left-wing grief. Stage One was honest disbelief. I was able to convince myself for a brief, blissful moment that articles announcing his candidacy were satire — just for laughs from The Onion. But before long I slid into Stage 2, where I was sure that nobody else would be able to take him seriously either. Admittedly, I even found some entertainment in the idea that the GOP had to take such a blow to their credibility. Unfortunately, after realizing he may find support from even the most educated voters, I entered the complete and utter fear of the final stage. Ann Coulter reinforced this ten-fold with an introduction for Trump in Iowa that was equal parts ridiculous, offensive, and grimace-inducing.
Coulter wasted no time painting “anchor babies” as violent, terrifying criminals destined to become “anvils around the necks of the American taxpayer.” This was a smart opening for Coulter, no doubt, because it is well-known that the easiest way to gain and maintain the support of Baby Boomers, is to instill in them the fear, and resentment of immigrants.
She went on to express her distaste for “speech Nazis,” who comment on Trump's questionable use of language. However, what her accusations made me question wasn’t the supposed over-sensitivity of "speech Nazis," but instead how a Cornell-educated woman could fail to see Trump's egregious use of hateful language. The phrase “speech Nazis” in itself further deteriorates her credibility. Nazi implies "the persecution and genocide of millions of innocent people," and comparing Trump's dissenters to such a group is absurdity at its finest.
Above all, what surprised me the most within her almost four-minute speech was that, apparently, Trump is not the only one who believes he’s been sent by God himself to give America one more chance. Coulter's direct analogy places 2008 candidate Mitt Romney in the part of the enslaved patriarch Joseph, leaving Trump to play the part of the Joseph who will rise to power and save the day.
She did get one thing right. Ever since Trump announced he’d be running for President, I feel like I've been dreaming, too. The difference between Coulter and me is that I am hoping it's a dream we will all wake up from.