WASHINGTON – Conservative commentator Ann Coulter isn’t shedding any tears for departing Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.
In the same breath, she managed to identify President Obama and Pope Francis as political soul mates after Boehner was seen on television openly weeping as Pope Francis addressed Congress Thursday.
“After seeing his antics with Pope Obama, I’m not sorry to see Boehner go,” Coulter told WND, after the embattled speaker announced Friday morning he would retire at the end of October.
Gauging what it means for the country, Coulter immediately added that if GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump “gets the nomination, Republicans are going to have to vote for the GOP across the board, one more time, to give Trump a Republican Congress.”
However, along with her call for Republican solidarity, Coulter sees no reason for conservatives to let up the pressure on the GOP establishment.
“Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a few targeted primaries, like Frank Roche running against open borders/Kevin McCarthy-friend/Zuckerberg-pet Renee Elmers in North Carolina.”
Establishment Republican and incumbent Rep. Renee Elmers, R-N.C., defeated conservative Roche in the GOP primary for the 2nd Congressional District of North Carolina in 2014. He is running against her again in 2016.
As next in line in the power structure, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was immediately viewed as Boehner’s likely successor. He is considered part of the GOP establishment, often at odds with House conservatives who want to fight Obama administration efforts more vigorously.
Conservatives such as Coulter consider McCarthy as too weak on efforts to seal the border with Mexico. They are especially wary after he, along with Boehner, met with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, an amnesty advocate who claims Silicon Valley needs more foreign workers, despite a glut of trained Americans.
As WND reported in July, only one in four Americans with a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) degree is in a STEM job, according to data from the U.S. Census.
Critics say technology bosses such as Zuckerberg just want more cheap labor.
Fed up with what they considered Boehner’s ineffective attempts to effectively fight against Obama’s executive amnesty, conservatives attempted to oust Boehner during speaker elections held after the historic landslide Republican victory in the House in the 2014 midterm election.
In July, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C, offered a motion to oust Boehner, a measure that still technically looms over the speaker’s head, but apparently is now moot.
As WND reported Friday, Boehner was facing the dilemma of whether to attempt to defund Planned Parenthood in the upcoming budget bill and risk a government shutdown, as conservatives demanded, or face a revolt.
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