The President, on the campaign trail, was firmly against intervening in Syria. Even before he ran for president, he demanded that President Barack Obama not send troops into Syria and argued for not using military force against Bashar al-Assad. America, he argued, had wasted valuable blood and treasure abroad and needed to spend more time nation building at home:
So after The President ordered military strikes against a Syrian airfield on Thursday night, at least some of his most vocal supporters say they feel betrayed. Almost immediately following reports of the Syrian airstrikes, prominent right-wing news outlets and media personalities most closely associated with the self-described alt-right and Trumpism more generally attacked the president’s foreign intervention — which appears to fly against so much of the rhetoric from his campaign.
Among them were Paul Joseph Watson, who contributes to the far-right conspiracy site Infowars; Mike Cernovich, the professed self-improvement guru who’s drawn a massive social media following in part by praising Trump; radio host Laura Ingraham, formerly of Fox News; and Ann Coulter, the author and provocateur. All four quickly denounced the attacks as a reversal of Trump’s campaign promises:
Even the readers at Breitbart, which is known as the home on the internet for pro-Trump coverage, rebelled against the attack. New America fellow Matt Stoller waded through Breitbart’s comments pages and saw thousands of furious responses:
But Republican Party officials are ecstatic with Trump’s intervention. Fox News, which is closely associated with the Republican Party establishment, has not openly turned against the intervention the way personalities like Cernovich and Watson have.