No one is more surprised than me to find that some of President Trump’s most ardent sycophants are perplexed, and even apoplectic over Friday night’s strike on Syria.
I mean, I’m sure they’ll be right back to drinking his bath water in a few days.
For now, however, the fallout in Trumpville is such that you’d think Trump launched a strike on them, personally.
Of course, not all Trump supporters crumbled. As I’ve seen, there are plenty who would praise Trump, even if he personally executed the families of terrorists on video.
On Fox News, the strike was met with heavy skepticism by several of the show’s primetime hosts. While close presidential ally Sean Hannity praised Trump’s assertiveness, hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham both questioned the decision to strike.
Ingraham sparred with former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, saying she’d learned from her support of the Iraq War that intervention can be incredibly costly.
“I guess it feels good because there are horrible things happening there,” Ingraham said. “But what do we really accomplish here tonight in Syria? This is not why Donald Trump got elected.”
No. I’m pretty sure his former stance on getting involved in Syria would have kept last night’s intervention from happening – if he actually had a standard or understood what he was doing.
Now, make no mistake, Assad needed to be taught a lesson. Continuing on with Obama’s so-called “red line” and then not enforcing it can’t be U.S. policy, going forward.
If this was the lesson taught last night remains to be seen. Bashar al-Assad needs to go, but I’ve heard no one say that, clearly.
Ann Coulter spent the evening busily retweeting opposition tweets, as well as digging up Trump’s old tweets about involvement in Syria.
Someone needs to remind Trump that he was voted in to put America first and end needless foreign wars, not to act as ISIS's air force.
— Brandon Richey (@whackacommie) April 14, 2018
One of the last sanctuaries for Christians in the Middle East now bombed by a supposedly-Christian nation – which also sells immense high-tech weaponry to Islamic Saudi theocrats.
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) April 14, 2018
Trump’s alt-right base were hilariously unhinged over the news.
We lost. War machine bombs syria. No evidence Assad did it. Sad warmongers hijacking our nation
— Michael Savage (@ASavageNation) April 14, 2018
Yesterday the IG Report revealed that McCabe lied under oath, and Trump’s most-trusted advisers thought it would be a great idea to bury that story in a way that would split his base.
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) April 14, 2018
InfoWars boss, Alex Jones, went on a profanity-laden tirade against the strikes.
Trump's anti-interventionist base, in this case, Alex Jones, reacts badly to Syria intervention: "Is no one pure in this world?…. F**k Trump!" pic.twitter.com/lBPVctVS1G
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 14, 2018
It may take several days to understand the full impact of Friday’s move, but in the meantime, watching the train crash that is Trump’s base, realizing who they’ve been supporting, is pretty satisfying.