Until President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish allies to—who were crucial in U.S. efforts to contain ISIS—to Turkish aggression, Republicans were hesitant to ever speak out against him.
The decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Northern Syria led even the most devout of Trump’s allies like Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) to speak out against the decision. However, few if any, Republicans who spoke out against the decision were brave enough to tag Trump’s Twitter account in their objection.
So @SenatorRomney, as a certified account holder, I’m pretty sure you know when you tag @POTUS the likelihood of him actually seeing this post skyrockets, as does the President’s insecuro-meter. You should try, too. Really.
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) October 10, 2019
That changed today when Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) tagged the President’s account in a tweet decrying the decision as “weakness” and beneath the honor of the United States.
Kinzinger was replying to a tweet that implied the Kurds could be deliberately releasing ISIS prisoners in their custody in an effort to get the United States involved.
I just…. i mean…. what? @realDonaldTrump I thought you were going to defeat ISIS, that is why people voted for you. What changed? This is weakness. America is far more honorable than this. https://t.co/N5IqSKqSTC
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) October 14, 2019
People applauded Kinzinger’s willingness to call the President out directly. Soon, #SayHisName was trending on Twitter.
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 14, 2019
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 14, 2019
— AB Trebing (@ABTrebing) October 14, 2019
Keep speaking out @RepKinzinger
— Tara Setmayer (@TaraSetmayer) October 14, 2019
Meanwhile, others continued to call out Republicans who criticized the decision without criticizing the President who made it.
Dear Republican leaders,#SayHisName!
Here's a hint… it rhymes with grump.
(Feel free to add to the hints)
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) October 14, 2019
— Tonya B (@BuiweT) October 14, 2019
— Menace to Sobriety (@Menace_Sobriety) October 13, 2019
— Don #IAmTheWhistleblower Williamson (@DonWilliamson3) October 14, 2019
Their tactics don’t appear to be working.