Trump Is Losing Some of His Base

Eric Zuesse

The main pro-Trump news-site, Breitbart News, is getting predominantly negative reader-comments on its articles that relate to Russia and the war in Syria. Whereas the reporters who write the articles trumpet the Trump line, the leading reader-comments to those Trump-trumpeters, under “Sort by Best” (meaning that at the top are the comments that have the highest net number of up-marks from readers, which indicates that the given comment is shared by the largest number of the readership), are hostile toward Trump, and are disappointed in the site itself for its remaining pro-Trump on the given matter.

For example, the April 11th article “In Trump White House, Wildcard Putin Faces First Assertive America of His Career” presents Trump as being the type of anti-Putin leader that America has long needed, so that:

Neither presidents George W. Bush nor Barack Obama responded to Putin’s belligerence on the world stage with decisive action. On the contrary, both attempted to establish friendly personal relations, treating Putin as a democratic leader with no ambition beyond his borders.

Trump’s foreign policy, despite months of mainstream media coverage arguing the contrary, is to treat Putin’s Russia as a rogue state until it proves otherwise by eschewing Assad.

The topmost reader-comment to this particular anti-Russian article is:

If throwing missiles at Syria when there are SO many different versions is assertiveness I’ll pass.

I really couldn’t care what happens to women, children or men in a Country that is not so much in a Civil War as it is a Muslim Fanatics free for all.

I voted for Trump to bomb ISIS, not get us involved in another regime change, and just who the hell will be the new leader some sharia happy supporter of Iran.

I am thinking Trump has been suckered by the NeoCons, and Liberals of the NWO, as for listening to his daughter Ivanka and that cur Kushner NO WAY boot em both out of the White House with the rest of the Bush, Clinton, Bush Obama holdovers. Dammit Trump drain the swamp stop enlarging and enabling the swamp creatures.

I voted America first, bomb ISIS and to stay the hell out of regime change, and fighting for one freaking Muslim faction and another when ALL of them want Sharia Law and the downfall of the West is absolute ignorance.

The enemy of my enemy is still my GD enemy!!! The only difference between a fanatical Muslim and a moderate is the moderate cheers for the crazy ones.

Responses to that comment are, in turn, likewise hostile toward Trump. One is “We did not vote for Israel First.” Another: “Jared Cuckner needs Soros financing he is the snake. Trump needs to wake up about his son nlaw.” Another: “The guy that turned everything around was McMaster. A Saudi loving closet Muslim in the mold of John Brennan.” Another: “Wow this article was like reading something straight from M[ain]S[tream]M[edia]. How suddenly has Breitbart gone the full Russophobia route on us.”

And, yet another striking example of this phenomenon (the turn against Trump and against the Breitbart site by disappointed Trump-voters), was discussed in my April 9th article, “Trump Abandons His Base, Goes toward Nuclear War”, which opened: The 48,000+ reader-comments thus far at Stephen Bannon’s Breitbart News, to their announcement on April 6th that Trump had invaded Russia’s ally Syria with missiles, are overwhelmingly along the lines of ‘This isn’t what I voted for.’ 

Apparently, they thought that by voting for Trump, they wouldn’t get just a different version of Hillary Clinton, which is what Trump is turning out to be on issues of war-and-peace (among other things).


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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