Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says she doesn't think it's a good idea for Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE to soften his stance on immigration.
"I think this is a mistake. It sounds like it’s coming from consultants,” she said Tuesday night on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," where she questioned why there is now talk about "softening the lies of lawbreakers."
“I’ve thought he’s made other mistakes, and I’ve given him constructive criticism when I think he makes a mistake. I think this is a mistake.”
Trump during a town hall that aired Tuesday night indicated he may be open to some "softening" in the immigration laws.
"There certainly can be a softening, because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
The GOP nominee was responding to a question about whether would supporting changing laws to accommodate immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally but who "contribute to society, have been law-abiding, have kids here."
Questions have been raised recently about Trump's stance on immigration after his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said last weekend that it was "to be determined" whether Trump's plans will include a deportation force to remove the 11 million people living illegally in the country.
Trump said earlier this week that under his administration, the country would obey the existing laws. He also pledged that the first thing he would do after being elected president would be to "get rid of all of the bad ones," suggesting he would use immigration tactics similar to those used by Presidents Obama and George W. Bush.
Coulter said Trump's recent comments about softening "sounded very consultant to me."
“This could be the shortest book tour ever if he’s really softening his position on immigration," she said, referring to her newly released book, "In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!"
"But I don't think he is," Coulter added, noting she still trusts the GOP nominee.
She also said she doesn't know why Trump compared his policies to Obama's.
"It's crazy. They are fighting the deportations of racists. They are fighting the deportations of murderers," Coulter said, also contrasting Trump with his Democratic rival, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE.
"Hillary says she's going to open the borders, she's going to amnesty everyone. She's going to quadruple the number of Muslim refugees. So to say there's no difference, I think, is crazy," Coulter continued.
"I just don't understand why he's going to these really tired talking points that both Democrat and Republican politicians use...I think he's panicking and talking to the wrong people."