There was certainly some jarring messaging coming from ordinarily cantankerous senators who have made a habit of criticizing the president. There was a new tone, for instance, from Republican senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain following the strike against Assad’s regime.
“I was very proud of him,” Graham said, before reportedly comparing Trump to a conservative presidential icon.
“I think there’s a side to President Trump that’s very much like Ronald Reagan,” Graham said, according to the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel.
Trump “took action” by striking Assad’s airfield, McCain said. “For that, he deserves the support of the American people.”
Bill Kristol, the conservative editor of The Weekly Standard and an avowed #NeverTrumper, joined the Trump love-in, tweeting that “a growth spurt” in the president’s leadership appeared to be underway.
Democrats also endorsed the attack. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi did so publicly but with a caveat: the use of military force, she argued, should have been authorized first by Congress.
“I’m supportive of the Trump administration’s decision to launch airstrikes in response to Assad’s assault on his own people,” wrote Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate minority leader, described the action as “the right thing to do” in his written statement.
And not to be outdone, the former foreign affairs minister from Canada’s previous neo-Conservative regime also chimed in:
‘America is back’: John Baird says strike on Syria crucial in sending message
Former foreign affairs minister says Trudeau’s response ‘a wise decision’
Oh yeah, and Liberal Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau has indicated he’s fully on board, too:
Canada was briefed on and ‘fully supports’ U.S. missile strikes against Syria: PM
Now, I know that the Trump True Believers are of course in denial, and will no doubt spin this as an example of counter-intuitive brilliance on the part of the Donald, to elicit outright disavowals from the likes of Richard Spencer, Milo, Alex Jones, et al., no doubt to increase his support so he can enact the rest of his promises with decreased opposition, and with success.
Of course, I’m still glad he won, and beat Hillary; of course I’m still happy with some of what he’s accomplished, the Neil Gorsuch pick for the Supreme Court, and just the mere widening up of the Overton Window of acceptable American political discourse on subjects like immigration, Islam, etc. All good.
But he will NOT be the saviour of America from all its problems.
At best, he’ll be a good start; a turning point and a step or two in the right direction.
Let’s pray that he’ll do the best he can, by God’s grace, and in spite of himself.