Trump's Alt-Right Base in a Fury Over Syria Strike

Some believe Trump was conned into Syria strike
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2017 4:29 PM CDT
Trump's Alt-Right Base in a Fury Over Syria Strike
President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Trump's intervention in Syria isn't sitting well with a group that has long provided some of his staunchest support: bloggers loosely described as being on the alt-right. Politico, the Washington Post, and the New York Times provide examples of the anger, and two main themes are clear: They're not happy Trump is getting the US further entangled overseas instead of sticking to a nationalist "America First" message, and there's a fair amount of skepticism about the chemical attack in Syria that precipitated the US strike. For example, one of the most famous, or infamous, of the camp is Mike Cernovich, who suggested Syria didn't gas its own people but instead got framed by "deep state agents" looking to foment war. “Did McCain give ‘moderate rebels’ (ISIS) in Syria poison gas and Hollywood style film equipment?” he tweeted at one point.

Paul Joseph Watson, an editor at Infowars, a conspiracy theorist site that Trump has mentioned favorably, tweeted that the president “was just another deep state/Neo-Con puppet," adding, “I’m officially OFF the Trump train.” Meanwhile, Milo Yiannopoulos called the US missile attack “FAKE and GAY," and white nationalist Richard Spencer also condemned the strike and warned: "Worst-case scenario: We’re replaying the 2000s: A conservative comes to office on a populist message and becomes a globalist and neocon shill. Again, I’ll wait and see but I’m prepared to denounce Trump." Politico notes that /pol/ section of 4Chan, usually a bastion of Trump support, had one message reading, "/pol/ hates Trump now. What happened?” (More Donald Trump stories.)

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