Ann Coulter: I like 'politically incorrect' Trump, but his appeal is broader

It's lonely supporting Donald Trump in Washington and New York City, but not in America at large, conservative commentator Ann Coulter said Wednesday.

"I like that he's politically incorrect," the best-selling author and columnist told CNBC's "Squawk Box." She stressed that the appeal of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee lies with his economic aspirations and crackdown on illegal immigration.

Coulter's most recent book, released last June, deals with immigration and takes President Barack Obama and Democrats to task over what she considers lax rules that allow massive illegal entry to the United States.

Addressing criticism of Trump's business bankruptcies, Coulter said the billionaire's successes outweigh his failures. She likes that Trump's real estate empire is mostly in the United States, which gives him skin in the game to boost the American economy.

Trump has always been patriotic, despite changing his position on some issues such as abortion, she said. Formerly pro-choice, Trump said his thinking on abortion has evolved over the years and he's now anti-abortion.

In a New York address Wednesday morning, Trump plans to lash out at Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as a failed secretary of state who is out of step with Americans on trade and immigration. Trump is seeking to refocus his campaign, after high-level staff departures this week.

Clinton, meanwhile, holds an afternoon rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, following two days of speeches on the economy. On Tuesday, she said the billionaire would be disaster for the U.S. economy.

In her support of Trump, Coulter also turned her ire on 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, whom she supported four years ago. She said Romney lost because he backed away from being tough on immigration.

"What's confusing about Romney," she continued, "is everything I liked about him, immigration [and] the way he was going to go after China ... well, now he's attacking Trump for these very issues. He was faking me out? Is that what he's saying now?"

Back in March, while the Republican nominating process was in full swing, Romney delivered a blistering anti-Trump speech, attacking the candidate's temperament, proposals and truthfulness.

Despite criticizing Romney for blasting Trump, Coulter said: "Romney is an elegant person, a lovely person. I understand why a lot of people probably ... would prefer Trump's issues in the vessel of a human like Mitt Romney."

But she said: "We don't have time for an elegant person right now. The country is at stake."

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