Earlier today it was revealed that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called Donald Trump a “moron” and threatened to resign, in what is being dubbed as the “morongate” scandal. Tillerson is now publicly taking the high road, though he’s refusing to deny that he called Trump a moron. However, others in government – including one of Trump’s own former close allies – are now publicly ripping into Trump and insulting him rather sharply.
Republican Senator Bob Corker, who had initially strongly backed Donald Trump, is now singing a different tune entirely. Corker is coming to the defense of Rex Tillerson, along with Tillerson’s allies James Mattis and John Kelly, saying that they’re the ones who “help separate our country from chaos.” The clear implication was that Corker views Trump as being too chaotic to hold the office of President of the United States. But he was just getting started.
While appearing before the television cameras, Corker went on to say that Tillerson, Kelly, and Mattis are the ones who “make sure the policies we put forth around the world are sound and coherent. There are other people within the administration that don’t. I hope they stay because they’re valuable to the national security of our nation.” At this point Corker is outright stating that Trump’s decision making is neither sound nor coherent. Again, this is coming from a prominent Republican Senator who played a role in helping him get elected in the first place – the latest sign that Trump’s downward spiral is costing him key allies.
This isn’t the first time in which Bob Corker has publicly criticized Donald Trump. After Trump sided with white supremacists after the Charlottesville terrorist attack, Corker questioned whether Trump had the “stability” to be President. But at this point Corker isn’t holding back at all. He recently announced that he won’t be seeking reelection, which means he no longer has to worry about what the Republican base thinks of what he says about Trump.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report