Concerns about Trump’s statements on Muslims seemed to whither away late Thursday night as Arabs on Twitter celebrated the US bombing of the Syrian air force’s Shayrat airfield.
— أحـمـد الزهــــراني (@zz7y1) April 7, 2017
Trump only took seven months to make a decision. The Arabs had seven years.
The Arabic-language hashtag “America bombs Bashar’s regime” began trending after the attack, with Bashar referring to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
— ابو خالد 🇸🇦 (@PoliticianSami) April 7, 2017
#امريكا_تقصف_نظام_بشار امريكا ارحم من الجزار بشار
— MohammedSaadALHazza (@MohamedALHaza) April 7, 2017
America is more merciful than the butcher Assad.
Trump has always enjoyed some support in segments of Middle Eastern society, but for other reasons, including his criticisms of the Iraq War and US involvement in Syria, as well as his anti-ISIS positions.
The Twitter celebrations by no means represented all of Syria, where Assad maintains considerable support in many of the areas under his control. But they marked a shift in his image in the Arab world.