President Trump’s cruise missile strike on Syria, responding to Assad’s chemical weapons atrocity, is getting good reviews from much of the world. After all, Barack Obama did nothing when Assad did this before, a display of American weakness that may have encouraged Assad and other bad actors that they could act with impunity.
Russia, though, is Syria’s staunch ally, and Vladimir Putin is furious with Trump. (If the Russians put him in office, as some are charging, they didn’t get much for their trouble. As one commenter here put it, why would Putin want Trump in office, when the Democrats were letting him take over any country he wanted? [There is an answer to that: Putin needs the economic sanctions lifted.])
But closer to home, many of Trump’s most devoted fans are turning against him. Attacking Syria, they say, is an idealistic foreign involvement like neo-conservatives always want to do. They thought Trump was different.
Even Ann Coulter, author of In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!, is now bad-mouthing him.
Are any of you Trump supporters now, in the words of one former fan, “officially off the Trump train”? Are any of you doubters now thinking that he might become a good president? [Read more…]