Donald Trump has been getting it from Bob Corker for some time now. The Tennessee senator—who is not running for re-election—was critical of the president’s response to the Charlottesville white-supremacist rally, has indicated he won’t support any Trump tax cut plan that jacks up the deficit, and has more or less said that on matters of policy Trump is a bonehead who should let his Cabinet tell him what to do. Corker reiterated a number of these points during multiple Tuesday morning morning show appearances, which triggered the expected response from our Old Man Shouting at the Television-in-Chief:
Corker responded by unloading on Trump in the CNN interview you can watch above. Highlights:
- “I would hope the staff over there would figure out ways of controlling him when they know that everything he said today was absolutely untrue. … Four times he encouraged me to run and told me he would endorse me.”
- “Unfortunately I think world leaders are aware that much of what he says is untrue. Certainly people here are because these things are provably untrue. They’re just factually incorrect.”
- “He’s obviously not going to rise to the occasion as president.”
- “At the end of the day, when his term is over, I think the debasing of our nation—the constant non-truth telling, the name-calling—I think the debasement of our nation is what he’ll be remembered most for.”
Corker says he would not support Trump’s re-election: “No way. No way.”
Meanwhile, the president is scheduled to have lunch with Senate Republicans today. Should be fun!