Conservative commentator Ann Coulter on Tuesday blamed the euthanization of a bear in February, that was put down after it ate a man who had overdosed on methamphetamine, on the lack of a wall on the southern U.S.-Mexico border.
“The poor bear was euthanized for no reason. (Except that we don’t have a wall on our border),” Coulter tweeted on Tuesday afternoon, alongside a link to a New York Post report, published in February, titled “Man eaten by bear after meth overdose.”
Park officials encountered a bear in Great Smoky National Park that was feeding on the remains of 30-year-old William Lee Hill Jr.’s body in an area off a trail last September, according to the Post. Although Hill’s exact cause of death could not be determined at the time, authorities moved to euthanize the 3-year-old bear days later, citing “public safety reasons.”
Months later, in February, the Knox County Regional Forensic Center determined that Hill had passed away of “accidental methamphetamine intoxication.” The autopsy report, obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel, stated that Hill’s remains were found with syringes and other drug paraphernalia nearby. The deceased also had a history of drug use.
Coulter, who penned the 2016 pro-Trump book, In Trump We Trust, has previously rebuked the president on multiple occasions for failing to deliver the U.S.-Mexico border wall he promised during the 2016 presidential campaign. Though Coulter was an early supporter of Trump over his hardline stance on immigration, she later appeared to fall out with the president after realizing that he could not complete the wall.
In December, Coulter lashed out at Trump for falsely telling the public that sections of this proposed barrier had already been erected. “Even a Washington Post reporter knows that not 1 inch of Trump’s wall has been built. Does Trump think his supporters are dumber than a WaPo reporter?” Coulter tweeted, alongside a link to a Washington Post fact-checker article titled “President Trump says his ‘beautiful wall’ is being built. Nope.”
Coulter continued her attacks on Trump in January, amid a partial government shutdown over the border wall, for proposing to trade DACA protections for wall funding. “There are a million things to trade for a wall: A higher federal minimum wage, an infrastructure bill, a solar panel bill,” Coulter wrote, in a series of tweets. “Trade a wall for AMNESTY, and there’s no purpose to having a wall.”
One month later, Coulter even suggested Democrats looking to impeach Trump should go after him for failing to build the wall in a column posted to her website. “Trump won the presidency not because he touted himself as a man of character, but because he said he was someone who could get things done,” she wrote. “Like build the wall. If you’re going to impeach him, impeach him for that.”
Trump fired back at Coulter with a series of tweets in March where he called his former longtime ally a “wacky nut job.”
“Wacky Nut Job @AnnCoulter, who still hasn’t figured out that, despite all odds and an entire Democrat Party of Far Left Radicals against me (not to mention certain Republicans who are sadly unwilling to fight), I am winning on the Border,” the president wrote.
Earlier this month, Newsweek looked into how much of the president’s long-promised border wall had been built. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP), the Department of Homeland Security and CBP have received funding to construct roughly 201-205 miles of new border barriers since January 2017. Despite this, only 46.7 miles have been constructed in the two-and-a-half years since Trump’s presidency began.