Every day it looks more and more like President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Kurdish allies and give Turkey and Russia the go-ahead to invade Syria will be the straw that finally breaks his unwavering allegiance from the Republican party. With forever-Trumpers like Pat Robertson, Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Liz Cheney publicly criticizing the President, eventually, the exodus would begin.
GOP Representative John Shimkus—a 22 year veteran of the House of Representatives from Illinois who intends to retire in 2020—announced the end of his support for Trump.
Speaking on KMOX radio, Shimkus said:
“I’m heartbroken. In fact I called my chief of staff in D.C., I said ‘pull my name off the "I support Donald Trump" list'."
"We have just stabbed our allies in the back. The Kurds go back all the way to the first Gulf War."
Listen to the interview here.
Shimkus called Trump's decision "terrible and despicable."
The Illinois Congressman said:
"[Trump's decision] shocked, embarrassed and angered me."
In an official statement, Shimkus clarified:
"While my votes will continue to support the President's domestic policy agenda, because of this terrible foreign policy decision I asked that my name be removed from his campaign’s official list of supporters."
The implications of an established member of the GOP withdrawing their support for the President on the impeachment inquiry and reelection hopes for Trump are myriad.
@JakeSherman @JudtTaie Good then he has nothing to lose by voting to impeach and remove, right?— Pam Kling Jones 🆘 (@Pam Kling Jones 🆘) 1570734126.0
@MZanona @RepShimkus Good for you, @RepShimkus. Now support the impeachment.— Comfortably Numb (@Comfortably Numb) 1570730632.0
One of the darkest days of the trump presidency. Such a tragedy. The one thing I am struggling with is: why? No p… https://t.co/o03cum7ZpX— David Abroms (@David Abroms) 1570637110.0
@MarkMaxwellTV @RepShimkus @realDonaldTrump Hey, everyone complaining that he’s only saying this because he’s retir… https://t.co/IFtq6TXkmi— kkoth 🆘 (@kkoth 🆘) 1570734008.0
People are encouraging more Republicans to ditch the President over Syria and the abandonment of Kurdish allies.
@JakeSherman @TeaPainUSA #RIPGOP https://t.co/MVAq4Qqo2y— #RIPGOP ™ (@#RIPGOP ™) 1570728064.0
@JakeSherman One down. Is there an ethical Republican who IS running for re-election, or are they all corrupt?— Joyce Resists (@Joyce Resists) 1570726217.0
@JakeSherman @TeaPainUSA Good for him. Who’s next? Come on people! Step up to the plate.— Just Do Right (@Just Do Right) 1570728180.0
Others thought the GOP should have left Team Trump long ago.
@JakeSherman So it wasn't the seeking info from a foreign govt thing or the "grab them by the p*ssy" thing, or the… https://t.co/gm1GwjiD85— Fauda (@Fauda) 1570728281.0
@JakeSherman @KimberlyEAtkins Abandoning the Constitution didn't do it, but this is his line?— Anne McCarthy (@Anne McCarthy) 1570726976.0
@JakeSherman @williamlegate Oh wow but everything else was acceptable huh?— JKDAnthony10 (@JKDAnthony10) 1570726586.0
@JakeSherman #999 of congressmen speaking up about this administration AFTER they retire. Cowards.— Porter Francis (@Porter Francis) 1570726658.0
@JakeSherman @UninformedGuy Glad to know there’s a line somewhere between grabbing women by their genitalia and bac… https://t.co/yWUU8fP1wT— Just Another Human (@Just Another Human) 1570741507.0
@JakeSherman @olgaNYC1211 Right. Dang it, dotie. You were doing just fine when it was just the south of the border… https://t.co/U6547l4Og5— Ezra -in my great and unmatched wisdom- the Scribe (@Ezra -in my great and unmatched wisdom- the Scribe) 1570741878.0
@MarkMaxwellTV @RepShimkus @realDonaldTrump Kids in cages, no problem, assaulting women, no problem, colluding with… https://t.co/10vrOiVULm— Richard Laya (@Richard Laya) 1570740948.0
Despite all of the criticism, Trump continues to defend his decision. When he originally proposed the military withdrawal he changed his mind after fierce backlash.
This time he appears to be determined to support Turkey over the United States' Kurdish allies.