Now that Donald Trump is actively sabotaging the U.S. military around the world, and chasing off respected Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the process, Trump has a new problem. Senate Republicans, in order to keep their own pro-military base happy, now find themselves forced to begin pushing back. Trump attacked one of them in response, and suffice it to say that it didn’t go well for him.
GOP Senator Bob Corker, who is retiring, just delivered his farewell address. Corker has stood up to Donald Trump more often than most of his Republican colleagues, particularly on issues of temperament. Trump decided that Corker’s farewell speech was an appropriate moment to attack him, all but proving Corker’s point in the process.
Trump posted this whacked out tweet, misspelling “privileged” in the process: “Senator Bob Corker just stated that, ‘I’m so priveledged to serve in the Senate for twelve years, and that’s what I told the people of our state that’s what I’d do, serve for two terms.’ But that is Not True – wanted to run but poll numbers TANKED when I wouldn’t endorse him Bob Corker was responsible for giving us the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal, which I ended, yet he badmouths me for wanting to bring our young people safely back home. Bob wanted to run and asked for my endorsement. I said NO and the game was over. #MAGA I LOVE TENNESSEE!”
Senator Corker then fired back “Yes, just like Mexico is paying for the wall.” He then added the hashtag #AlertTheDaycareStaff. It’s easier for Corker to attack Donald Trump than most other GOP Senators, because he’s retiring anyway. But now that Trump is taking such an anti-American military stance, in a manner which will offend so many traditional conservative voters, other GOP Senators may have no choice but to turn against Trump in order to protect their own chances of reelection.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report