Not All Conservatives Are On Board With Trump’s Syria Strike

On Friday, a coordinated air strike was launched onto Syria with forces from the U.S., U.K., and France. The forces reportedly struck three sites which produced or otherwise store chemical weaponry as a response to Syria’s government allegedly using these materials against their own citizens.

Previously, a chemical attack in the country killed dozens of people, but it has not yet been confirmed who conducted the assault. President Trump called for the attack anyway.

As a result, some conservatives are taking to social media and expressing what they are saying is premature interference (without knowing for sure if the Assad regime was responsible for the chemical attack) or aggressive interference (using military forces to aid and combat in the affairs of another country).

These views often challenge conservatives within the Republican Party as some more right-leaning Republicans and centrist Republicans vary in opinion over the issue of global interference.

Here’s what some conservatives are saying about the Syrian attack, per the Hill:

Prominent supporters of President Trump are expressing skepticism over his decision to launch airstrikes against Syria, slamming the move as overly aggressive and unnecessary.

Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham both questioned Trump’s decision Friday to launch strikes in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack last weekend that the U.S. has attributed to the Syrian government.

Carlson noted the move was inconsistent with the president’s message during his 2016 campaign, and Ingraham said she found that intervention in other countries could be risky, as shown in the Iraq War, according to the Daily Beast.

“Assume Assad used chlorine gas. Is it worth starting a war? Overthrowing Assad results in chaos. Thousands die. We might see genocide of one of the last Christian communities in the Mideast. Does it make us safer? Region more stable? How’d regime change in Iraq & Libya end up?” Carlson asked in a tweet.

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He and Laura Ingraham were not alone in their critiques of the president’s decision.

Michael Savage, a well-known conservative radio host and author, said on social media, “We lost. War machine bombs syria. No evidence Assad did it. Sad warmongers hijacking our nation.”

As the Hill also reports, far-right activist and frequent Trump supporter Alex Jones also criticized the attack:

Infowars founder Alex Jones ripped into President Trump on Friday night after the president authorized military airstrikes in Syria, saying the decision made him “sick.”

“If he had been a piece of crap from the beginning, it wouldn’t be so bad,” a visibly emotional Jones said of Trump. “We’ve made so many sacrifices and now he’s crapping all over us. It makes me sick.”

Jones said the decision to strike Syria was especially painful because Trump had been “doing so good.”

“Trump’s now a fraud,” Jones later said. “Done.”

According to the report, disagreement over the decision to attack Syria included conservative commentator Ann Coulter, Mike Cernovich, Laura Loomer and others:


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