Trump’s highly publicized feud with Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) revealed just how fractured the Republican Party has become under the stewardship of our reality television president. Corker is not seeking reelection, and so recently he’s been able to be more honest about what he thinks of Trump’s failed administration.
Now, in a stunning new interview with The New York Times Corker has gone into greater detail about the dangers Trump poses. He said he believes that Trump’s unhinged behavior could set the United States, “on the path to World War III.” Corker’s analysis is terrifying, but not totally surprising given the ominous rhetoric Trump has been using towards North Korea.
“He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation,” Corker told the Times. Presumably, Corker would include his fellow Republicans in that number, so their continued silence speaks volumes. It almost seems like Corker is trying to act as a proxy voice for the rest of his party, most of whom aren’t yet ready to disown a president who supports their regressive agenda.
“I know he has hurt, in several instances, he’s hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out,” Corker revealed. As the Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Corker is uniquely qualified to make such an assessment. It’s a blunt confirmation of what many of us have feared for months. Twitter does not offer a venue for conducting successful diplomacy.
“I don’t think he appreciates that when the president of the United States speaks and says the things that he does, the impact that it has around the world, especially in the region that he’s addressing. And so, yeah, it’s concerning to me,” Corker added.
Corker then went into greater detail about the prevailing view within the GOP. They seem to view the president as someone who must be coddled like a child, given instructions and direction so that he doesn’t plunge headfirst into utter catastrophe.
“Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here, of course, they understand the volatility that we’re dealing with and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road,” Corker said.
It’s alarming that the rest of the Republicans realize that Trump is unfit to hold the presidency but refuse to speak out. They’re so hellbent on passing tax cuts for the wealthy using Trump’s rubber stamp of approval that they’re willing to let him imperil the entire world.
Corker also addressed Trump’s debunked claims about him today.
“I don’t know why the president tweets out things that are not true. You know he does it, everyone knows he does it, but he does,” said Corker.
Hopefully, Corker continues to speak out against Trump for the remainder of his term. His sudden courage could inspire other Republicans to coalesce against Trump. Issues like these have to be more important than party loyalty.
If Trump does end up embroiling us in a new war, everyone who stayed silent will have blood on their hands.