So Much for Campaign Promises

As the conflict in Syria began to elevate in 2013, a firmly anti-interventionist by the name of Donald Trump voiced his thoughts on Twitter:

“AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER”, typed the then-businessman in all-caps, “DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA — IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!”

Let’s flash forward to this week:

A cruise missile is launched from a U.S. Navy Vessel

The news that Trump authorized a limited strike against Syria didn’t come as much of a shock to many Americans, as it was initiated as an immediate response to the chemical weapon attack by Syria’s embattled President, Bashar al-Assad.

As the United States launched its first missiles on the morning of April 6th, not only did the missiles take off, but so did the idea that the United States was going to remove itself from international conflicts, a position that Trump capitalized on during his campaign.

The Trump campaign’s slogan of “America First” was a hit among its community of staunch supporters, who believed that the United States should not involve itself in foreign conflicts. Now only 73 days into the new presidency, Trump himself has broken that promise, by intervening in Syria’s bloody Civil War, one that is not expected to yield the results desired by the United States.

As Trump blatantly abandons his campaign promise, one would expect that the actions would receive unfavorable views, right?

Think again.

America overwhelmingly approves the actions, by a margin of 57–43%. As a matter of fact, it even raised Trump’s approval rating to 43%, according to conservative outlet The Blaze.

One could dispute this “Hasty Generalization”, by stating that the circumstances have changed since it was last considered, until they see this poll.

The article, written by New York Magazine compares data compiled during the second term of then-President Barack Obama, who faced a similar dilemma: whether or not to strike Syria using Navy-launched cruise missiles.

Only 22 percent of Republicans supported such strikes by Barack Obama.

86 percent of Republicans support such strikes by Donald Trump.

Have the circumstances changed? Yes, as a matter of fact. But if I may say a quick word to those “change”-driven Trump voters: This isn’t change. Nor is this “America First”.

The public has a habit of “hastily generalizing” world events, and this is not an exception. He may have only broken a few campaign promises in the process, but rest assured: he’s making America great again.

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