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Some of Trump’s most vocal evangelical supporters are breaking with him over his Syria pullout

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While evangelical support for President Trump has been immovable, cracks are beginning to show in the wake of his decision to withdraw a contingent of troops from northeast Syria, effectively allowing Turkey to launch attacks on the US’s Kurdish allies while emboldening Iran.

The first notable evangelical voice to break with Trump over the matter was televangelist and 700 Club host Pat Robertson, who earlier this week said that he was “appalled” by the decision.

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“Ladies and gentlemen I want to say right now,” Robertson declared in a video clip flagged by Right Wing Watch. “I am absolutely appalled that the United States is gonna betray those democratic forces in northern Syria, that we’re possibly gonna allow the Turks to come in against the Kurds.

Another evangelical powerhouse to speak out was Franklin Graham, who call on Trump to “reconsider” the pullout.

“TODAY I ask that you join me in praying for the lives affected by the White House decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria,” Graham tweeted on Wednesday. “Both Democrat & Republican leaders are deeply concerned bc this would be, in essence, abandoning our closest allies there — the Kurdish people.”

“Also pray for the Christians who the Kurds have been protecting. They could be annihilated,” he added.

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Evangelical radio host, pundit, and blogger Erick Erickson tweeted out a message to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this Wednesday, asking her to “maybe do a vote to initiate impeachment STAT, have the committee get out articles by tonight and over to the Senate, and perhaps we’ll still have time to save some of the Kurds.”

As the chorus of dissent continues to grow, it remains to be seen if it has any effect on the 80 percent of white evangelical support Trump used to surge to the presidency in 2016. Evangelicals lauded Trump as being a protector of persecuted Christians around the world. Now, his perceived abandonment of Christian communities in northern Syria has stained that image, at least in the eyes of some of his religiously conservative supporters.

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Trump trade adviser busted for making up ‘whimsical pen name’ to quote himself in his books for years

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A senior economic and trade advisor to President Donald Trump has been busted for making up a person he can quote in his books and to justify his policies.

A shocking expose in The Chronicle of Higher Education revealed that Peter Navarro invented the name "Ron Vara," an anagram for Navarro, to justify his own opinions in his books.

The so-called Ron Vara has strong opinions, fortune-cookie-style quotes and an elaborate back story as "a military veteran and Harvard-trained economist who made seven figures in the stock market by investing in companies that do well during international crises," the report said.

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Trump’s ‘diplomacy of narcissism’ is the most damaging attack on US credibility in history: career diplomat

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In an op-ed for Foreign Affairs this Monday, former career Foreign Service officer and president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, William J. Burns, argues that President Trump has headed the biggest attack on US diplomacy that he's seen in his entire career.

"The contemptible mistreatment of Marie Yovanovitch—the ambassador to Ukraine who was dismissed for getting in the way of the president’s scheme to solicit foreign interference in U.S. elections—is just the latest example of President Donald Trump’s dangerous brand of diplomatic malpractice," Burns writes. "His is a diplomacy of narcissism, bent on advancing private interests at the expense of our national interests."

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Trump has lived the life of a crook and will die a crook

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One is normal people have something better to do—kids, school, jobs, good health, etc.—than pay attention to politics. Another is that you can’t know what you don’t know until you know it. Then there’s this from the ever-pragmatic Dr. Samuel Johnson: “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.”

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

So today I’m reminding you that lots of people do not, or will not, understand what corruption is, especially if they profit from it. But profit isn’t the only blinding force.

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