GOP Rep On Syria Decision Video: Trump ‘Can’t Speak For Fallen American Soldiers’

Adam Kinzinger on Fox News Dec. 19, 2018.
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

President Trump has been roundly criticized on Twitter for a video he posted, suggesting fallen American soldiers would agree with his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. At least one Republican congressman has joined in that denunciation.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) told Fox News on Wednesday he found Trump’s remarks “disturbing.”

“I’ve got to be honest with you, the whole thing — I will talk about the problem with what the President is doing — but I wear on my wrist, a buddy of mine that I flew with in Iraq back in ’08 that was actually killed in 2018 in operation Inherent Resolve,” he said, showing a bracelet on his wrist. “For the President to point to the sky and say, ‘they want this,’ inferring those who have fallen — the President can’t speak for fallen American soldiers. I’m not sure the fallen American soldiers want us to declare victory against a foe we haven’t fully defeated yet.”

Kinzinger then joined the chorus of Republican lawmakers who have condemned Trump’s Syria decision, including some of his closest allies, like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Kinzinger called the move “disappointing.”

“I have no idea where this came from and I deeply fear the longterm ramifications of this,” he said.

Latest News

Notable Replies

  1. You made that Trump bed, dude. Lie in it or actually do something.

  2. That should be ADAM Kinzinger, not Ryan.

  3. Since January of 2017, Donnie has been digging his own hole and now the Repubs are starting to back away. In the end, like Nixon, he will be all alone. May. It. Be. So.

  4. I think he actually just did something. He stepped up, told a damn good personal story that resonates and called out cadet bone spurs. This will grow. This guy stepped up.

    All hands on deck people.

  5. Avatar for pshah pshah says:

    Trump is completely out of his depth. There are some rails in politics and real life you never touch out of common sense and plain decency. Some thing that are clearly and instinctively offensive to all people basically everywhere. And attempting to speak for fallen soldiers and steal their great sacrifice for any purpose, let alone a crass reason, is one of them.

Continue the discussion at

39 more replies


Avatar for system1 Avatar for valgalky23 Avatar for mondfledermaus Avatar for mattinpa Avatar for imkmu3 Avatar for epicurus Avatar for steviedee111 Avatar for lastroth Avatar for gr Avatar for alyoshakaramazov1 Avatar for esva Avatar for candirue Avatar for benthere Avatar for georgemilquetoast Avatar for docd Avatar for tsp Avatar for not_so_fluffy Avatar for micande Avatar for tgp Avatar for ohcomeonnow Avatar for dbqmain Avatar for causeforconcern Avatar for zillacop Avatar for chjim

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: