Something similar has happened in foreign policy. Democrats were the anti-war party in the mid-2000s as Bush’s neoconservative foreign policy dragged America into a quagmire in Iraq. Barack Obama himself largely won the Democratic presidential primary in 2008 on the strength of his anti-war bonafides. Nevertheless, when Trump announced his pullout from Syria and troop reductions in Afghanistan, Democrats were furious.
Party members who once elevated anti-war activists like Cindy Sheehan, Noam Chomsky, and Jane Fonda now support never-ending war. High profile Democrats like former Gov. Howard Dean, Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) all attacked the withdrawal of troops from Syria and the drawdown in Afghanistan. The premiere liberal cable news station MSNBC is filled with former Bush and McCain staffers like Nicole Wallace and Steve Schmidt extolling the virtues of conflict and troop deployments.
Yet before Trump was elected president, a Gallup poll from November 2015 showed that only 37 percent of Democrats supported sending troops to Syria to fight ISIS. But now just 29 percent of Democrats support Trump’s move to withdraw from the war-torn country, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll.