The Biden administration has faced widespread criticism for its chaotic execution of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The fundamentalist Taliban regime retook the region faster than any officials predicted, resulting in thousands gathering at the Kabul International Airport to escape Taliban rule and retaliation.
Despite a deadly terrorist attack that killed more than a hundred Afghans and 13 U.S. service members, more than 100 thousand people were evacuated from the region in the month of August.
And on August 30, the last American troops left Afghanistan, ending 20 years of war that cost more than a trillion dollars and stole hundreds of thousands of lives.
Republican elected officials and media personalities have sharply condemned the handling of the withdrawal, but the administration got praise from a surprising source: far-right pundit Ann Coulter.
Throughout her career, Coulter has demonstrated a repeated apathy, and even aversion, to basic human rights.
In 2001, Coulter said as the U.S. was entering Afghanistan:
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity,"
Now, Coulter—who emerged as a critic of former President Donald Trump because his policies supposedly weren't cruel enough to immigrants—is singing a much different tune.
Coulter praised Biden at Trump's expense for finally getting the U.S. out of the war.
Thank you, President Biden, for keeping a promise Trump made, but then abandoned when he got to office. https://t.co/S3LvPn79iZ— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter) 1630441240.0
Trump REPEATEDLY demanded that we bring our soldiers home, but only President Biden had the balls to do it. Here… https://t.co/EqjC8xyR1P— Ann Coulter (@Ann Coulter) 1630441587.0
People were stunned, even horrified, to find themselves agreeing with the likes of Coulter.
Hell: you are cleared to freeze over now. I completely agree with Ann Coulter. https://t.co/kB3tAnPqwf— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷) 1630462707.0
Is agreeing with Ann Coulter one of the signs of the Apocalypse?— The USA Singers (@The USA Singers) 1630448888.0
Guys. I retweeted®️ ann coulter. I know I said that would be the signal that I’d been abducted but I assure you I’… https://t.co/LcqipjAl8M— John Ales AF (@John Ales AF) 1630446566.0
Ann Coulter is criticizing Trump and defending President Biden, we are truly living in the upside down.— Secret Agent Number Six (@Secret Agent Number Six) 1630450740.0
Did someone hack Ann Coulter's phone? Did an unpaid intern swipe it and post this? Surely this is a prank? If not,… https://t.co/ux80Q4w7Mh— The Dude (@The Dude) 1630452052.0
Others had a more sobering response.
Every once in awhile Ann Coulter says something reasonable and people are all “I can’t believe I’m agreeing with An… https://t.co/eFkN7GFRTm— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid) 1630460491.0
I wasn't aware we needed Ann Coulter to validate Biden on Afghanistan, but here we are. https://t.co/7hUKI2AHBM— Bruce Coleridge-Taylor Wright (@Bruce Coleridge-Taylor Wright) 1630448003.0
Lmfao at praising Ann Coulter for tweeting the bare minimum.— Frederick Joseph (@Frederick Joseph) 1630456399.0
Never forget, Ann Coulter would’ve preferred Kyle Rittenhouse https://t.co/5agNeOqV6Q— Anti-Fascist Abolitionist AWK (@Anti-Fascist Abolitionist AWK) 1630453095.0
Somehow we find it unlikely that Biden considered Coulter's opinion on the decision to withdraw.