Earlier this week, Republican Senator Bob Corker openly stated that he didn’t believe Donald Trump was capable of making sound and coherent decisions. That predictably led Trump to launch into a delayed tirade about Corker this morning, taking his best shots at embarrassing the Senator. Trump probably wasn’t counting on the response Corker quickly threw back in his face, which was equal parts hilarious and devastating.
At around 10:00am eastern time, Trump posted a factually questionable three-part tweet about Corker: “Senator Bob Corker “begged” me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said “NO” and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said “NO THANKS.” He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal! Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!” About an hour later, Corker decided to hit back.
Senator Corker tweeted “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” (link). Although Trump has around three hundred times as many followers as Corker does, Corker’s tweet has already received far more likes and retweets than Trump’s got. This may mark a serious turning point in the inevitable downfall of Donald Trump, due to the unique situation Corker is in.
Bob Corker’s Senate term ends in 2018, and he’s already confirmed he’ll be retiring at that time. That makes him a loose cannon with nothing to lose. He can go after Donald Trump as aggressively as he likes, without fear of the retaliation of a Trump-backed primary challenge, because he’s not going to run for reelection anyway. Many have speculated that Corker could be the leading Republican voice in an impeachment effort against Trump before the midterms, in an effort to save the party. The ferociousness of his tweet today suggests he may be headed in that direction.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report