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.
Good then he has nothing to lose by voting to impeach and remove, right?
— Pam Kling Jones 🆘 (@Realmommabear) October 10, 2019
Good for you, @RepShimkus. Now support the impeachment.
— Comfortably Glum (@YGalanter) October 10, 2019
One of the darkest days of the trump presidency. Such a tragedy. The one thing I am struggling with is: why?
No political or strategic advantage. What did Erdogan offer? Is it for the benefit of the US or Trump? https://t.co/3k6k84Vk8a
— David Abroms (@DavidAbroms) October 9, 2019
Hey, everyone complaining that he’s only saying this because he’s retiring, think of how many other Repubs have announced their retirement and still aren’t speaking up. We complain that they won’t speak up & when they do we bash them over the head. I want more GOP to do the same.
— kkoth 🆘 (@kkoth) October 10, 2019
People are encouraging more Republicans to ditch the President over Syria and the abandonment of Kurdish allies.
— #RIPGOP ™ ✘✘ (@_ReaalAmerican_) October 10, 2019
One down. Is there an ethical Republican who IS running for re-election, or are they all corrupt?
— Joyce hopes for Justice (@joycemfs) October 10, 2019
Good for him. Who’s next? Come on people! Step up to the plate.
— Just Do Right (@ran_do_right) October 10, 2019
Others thought the GOP should have left Team Trump long ago.
So it wasn’t the seeking info from a foreign govt thing or the “grab them by the p*ssy” thing, or the $130,000 pay off to a Porn Star thing but now all of the sudden he’s gained some ethical and moral standards🙄 #FFS#GOPCultureOfCorruption
— Fauda (@liberte1787) October 10, 2019
Abandoning the Constitution didn’t do it, but this is his line?
— Anne McCarthy (@AM_McCarthy) October 10, 2019
Oh wow but everything else was acceptable huh?
— JKDAnthony10 (@JKDAnthony10) October 10, 2019
#999 of congressmen speaking up about this administration AFTER they retire. Cowards.
— Porter Francis (@PorterFrancis) October 10, 2019
Glad to know there’s a line somewhere between grabbing women by their genitalia and backstabbing allies. This “presidency” is a joke, but I blame stupid ppl…which are all still alive and well here in the States. We’re on the edge of madness
— Just Another Human (@DustinWheelerLW) October 10, 2019
Right. Dang it, dotie. You were doing just fine when it was just the south of the border brown people and babies in cages. Never really cared when the coloreds got killed either. But you went too far now! – @RepShimkus #insidevoice
— Ezra the Scribe (@EzratheScribe) October 10, 2019
Kids in cages, no problem, assaulting women, no problem, colluding with foreign governments, no problem, obstructing justice, no problem, extorting a foreign government, no problem.
At least now we know he has a tiny principle (ha), unlike @RodneyDavis who clearly has none.
— Richard Laya (@rjlaya) October 10, 2019
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.