Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has verbally jousted with President Trump in the past, most notably during their Twitter spat a few months ago. That said, the outgoing senator has repeatedly proven to be strong on rhetoric and weak on action.
While he continues to rage against elements of the administration’s agenda, he refuses to caucus with Democrats to take meaningful action to curb the worst of Trump’s policies or limit most of the powers the president is hellbent on abusing.
Today, Corker treated his Republican colleagues to another grandstanding speech in which he slammed them for lacking the courage to support an amendment he is proposing to a defense bill.
The amendment would limit Trump’s trade authority and push back against the ill-conceived, sure to be economically devastating tariffs that the president wants to impose on some of our closest allies. While certainly a good proposal, it’s far too little far too late on Corker’s part.
“‘Gosh we might poke the bear,’ is the language I’ve been hearing in the hallways. We might poke the bear. The president might get upset with us as United States senators if we vote on the Corker amendment so we are going to do everything we can to block it!” Corker said.
He went on to accuse his fellow GOP senators of fearing upsetting Trump because it could turn his base against them and cost them their majority come the mid-terms. While Corker is absolutely right that Trump has turned his own party into a quivering pile of cowards afraid of upsetting him and his bigoted regime, and while he is right to propose cutting back on Trump’s trade authority, there is an undeniable hypocrisy in Corker’s words.
He has railed against the president in the past but has still failed to use his substantial powers as a senator to take meaningful action against a myriad of other Trumpian abuses.
Corker and the rest of the GOP need to grow a collective spine and start opposing Trump at every turn. The man has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is unfit to sit in the Oval Office, and every moment the Republican Party continues to humor him moves us closer towards the dissolution of our democratic institutions.
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