Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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Republicans Join Democrats In Blasting Trump’s Sudden Syria Pullout As ‘A Betrayal’

Pretty much everyone is currently mad at Donald Trump for his sudden decision to hand over control of northern Syria to Turkey, putting the Kurdish forces fighting against ISIS at risk for the sake of an authoritarian dictator. From Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the left to long-time Trump defender Lindsey Graham to televangelist cartoon grandpa Pat Robertson, everybody hates this mess.

While Ocasio-Cortez says that the move “risks laying the ground for immense violence and suffering,” Graham called into Fox & Friends for a very awkward and tense interview in which he called Trump’s decision “impulsive” and rebuked the idea that ISIS has been defeated. Host Brian Kilmeade agreed with Graham, accusing Trump of abandoning our Kurdish allies.

Turkey has long held a negative view against the Kurds, who are an ethnic group in the Middle East, considering them to be a “terrorist insurgency.” A Kurdish official in Syria expressed accused the U.S. of abandoning them to die at the hands of Turkish forces.

“They have abandoned us to a Turkish massacre,” the official told NBC, according to chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel. “We can no longer fight against ISIS and have to defend ourselves. This could allow ISIS to return to the region.”

Trump has defended his decision in further tweets as former die-hard allies turn against him. He also defended Turkey, calling the U.S. relationship with the country “very good.” Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Willie Geist is reporting that the real reason that Trump made this decision was that Turkish president and dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was angry about a perceived snub and Trump wanted to get him “off the phone.”

“NBC News learned that the call initially was instigated to quell Erdoğan’s growing rage over not getting a sit-down with President Trump last month at the United Nations General Assembly,” Geist reported.

Even Senate Majority Blocker Mitch McConnell broke from his usual support to criticize Trump on this. His office sent out a press release saying that the “precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime” and that it would “increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup.”

It’s unclear whether Trump has any allies remaining over his decision, but one thing is clear: Trump has finally succeeded in getting Democrats and Republicans on the same page.