The needling and the damage done: Corker, with no “F”s left to give, upends DC
Forty-eight hours after Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) brilliantly smacked down television personality, failed insult comic, and fake president Donald J. Trump on Twitter – and followed up the red-ass with a New York Times interview that not-so-indirectly argued that Trump is not fit to hold office of any kind – politicians, pundits, and power players in Washington are still reeling.
Corker’s “unplugged” critique of – and warnings about – The Donald, enabled in large part by the fact that he is retiring from the Senate and has pretty much paid off any political quid-pro-quos that are the currency of Capitol Hill power, also revealed widespread concern about Trump among Republicans – and not merely those in elected positions. It compounds the damage brought by the revelation that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump, with strong justification, a “f***ing moron.”
For those of you who missed last evening’s edition of MSNBC’s The Last Word. Lawrence O’Donnell played some of the audio from Corker’s NYT interview with Maggie Haberman. Corker is clearly not playing games about the potentially catastrophic situation that Trump has foisted on the planet:
About the only person to publicly hop to Trump’s defense is the discredited grand poobah of a web site that caters to white supremacists, anti-Semites, and conspiracy loons. We’ll spare you the video.
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon called for Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to step down after he slammed President Trump and questioned his ability to lead the country.
Bannon appeared on Fox News’ Hannity on Monday and said, “If Bob Corker had any honor or decency, he should resign immediately.”
Calling Corker’s criticisms “totally unacceptable”, Bannon also railed against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying the “globalist clique on Capitol Hill has to go”.
Jonathan Karl reported arguably the worst portent for Trump on today’s edition of Good Morning America:
Earlier today, Trump finally responded to Sen. Corker’s interview with the predictable middle-school name-calling and taunts (which we will also spare you).
This comes as no surprise: Trump likely realizes he has nobody left to talk to but his shrinking base of true-believer deplorables who love his bullying and bluster – and, of course, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, with whom Trump is repeatedly miffed because Kelly is trying to do his job.
All of this does not bode well for Trump – or the nation.
If you were to make the assumption that many Republicans on Capitol Hill are now as alarmed by Trump’s erratic behavior and excesses as have been Democrats, you would be correct.
A Capitol Hill source told me that members of both parties are quietly discussing options that could be exercised if the opinion that Trump should be removed from office hits the tipping point.
Such talk, in my opinion, was inevitable – but was greatly accelerated when Trump decided that it was a great idea to needle Corker on Twitter without considering that Corker had nothing to lose by upending the Beltway discourse – and calling attention to Trump’s behavior unbecoming of any elected official.
It is not unlikely that Trump’s stay at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will not be much longer.
And we haven’t even factored in the Mueller probe!