President Trump's base of far-right supporters is not onboard with his decision to order missile strikes in Syria. Shortly after the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase Thursday night in response to Tuesday's chemical attack that killed dozens in the northwestern province of Idlib, alt-right pundits and writers tore into Trump.
Some of Trump's most ardent far-right supporters slammed him for straying from his campaign promise to avoid getting involved in further conflict in the Middle East. Others were critical of the fact that Trump did not get approval from Congress before ordering the strike.
Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson tweeted that Trump was "just another deep state/neo-con puppet." "I'm officially OFF the Trump train," he declared. AltRight.com co-editor Richard Spencer urged Trump to "halt the rush to war," explicitly declaring that the alt-right "is against a war in Syria" and wants "good relations" with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who the U.S. has blamed for Tuesday's chemical attack.
Blogger Mike Cernovich, who calls himself a member of the "new right," warned that Trump's base of support would quickly deteriorate if he further escalated the situation in Syria:
Trump's base of support is gone if he goes to war with Syria, the same people who betrayed before election will betray him again.