Wow. This is coming from a leading Republican in the Senate. Things sure aren’t looking too good for Donald Trump. He’s starting to bleed Republicans. And that should have him very worried.
Senator Bob Corker gave a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump on Thursday. Corker told reporters that Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.”
The Senator from Tennessee spoke to local reporters Thursday following his speech at the Chattanooga Rotary Club. Corker called for “radical changes” in the Trump White House.
In the video posted by Chloe Morrison of Nooga.com, Corker addressed Trump’s comments following the horrific violence in Charlottesville over the weekend that left one woman dead and 19 others injured. Corker said, “[Trump] has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation. He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today.”
Corker gave an ominous warning that if Trump doesn’t quickly get his act together, “our nation is going to go through great peril.”
The Tennessee senator also mentioned how very polarized this country is right now. And he laid the blame at Trump’s feet.
“Helping inspire divisions because it generates support from your political base is not a formula for causing our nation to advance, our nation to overcome the many issues that we have to deal with right now.”
Until just recently, the Republicans have been in lock-step with Trump, continually overlooking and making excuses for his outrageous behavior. But Trump’s defense of white nationalists this week may have finally been the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Bob Corker is not only a respected leader in the Republican Party; he’s also been a big supporter of Trump. So much so that he was on the short list for VP before Trump chose Mike Pence.
But, clearly, Corker is having some buyer’s remorse. And he’s not the only one.
Mr. President,you can't allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame.They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain 5/6
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 15, 2017
There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate& bigotry. The President of the United States should say so
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 16, 2017
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 16, 2017
We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 15, 2017