Bob Corker Cracks Open Door to 2020 Primary Challenge of President Trump

Bob Corker

Retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said that he has not ruled out running against President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential primary in 2020.

Breitbart reported the story on Wednesday.

When asked by reporters Tuesday if he plans to run for president in 2020, Corker said, “I have not ruled it out.”

Reporters said that their colleagues often ask Corker this question, to which he usually gives a vague answer.

This is not the first time people have speculated on Corker running against Trump. In October 2017, News Channel 9 in his hometown of Chattanooga asked voters for their thoughts. Chattanooga Tea Party leader Mark West said at the time he wouldn’t be surprised if Corker runs but hopes he doesn’t.

Corker announced his retirement in September 2017 amidst increasing unpopularity in Tennessee, which arose from his frequent criticism of the president and his America First agenda.

He received criticism for praising Democrat and former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen during the U.S. Senate election to replace him, in which he admitted that he has closer ties to Bredesen compared to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) who will replace Corker in January.

While speaking to reporters in August, Corker criticized President Donald Trump’s removal of former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance as “kind of a banana republic kind of thing,” The Tennessee Star reported, citing Breitbart. And part of a “tearing down of institutions” instead of building them up. In July, Corker likened the Trump Administration to a “banana republic” for wanting to yank the security clearances.

Corker also said that he would back legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller if it came to the Senate floor for a vote, Breitbart said. The legislation arose as Trump appointed Matt Whitaker to serve as his Acting Attorney General.

Corker joins fellow U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who said last week that “somebody needs to run” against Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential primary nomination. Flake suggested Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) as potential challengers.

Trump in October 2017 said Corker and Flaker were retiring because they were unpopular.

“The reason Flake and Corker dropped out of the Senate race is very simple, they had zero chance of being elected,” Trump wrote in October 2017. “Now act so hurt & wounded!”

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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.

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25 Thoughts to “Bob Corker Cracks Open Door to 2020 Primary Challenge of President Trump”

  1. Candace Gonzalez

    And who do you believe will vote for you, Bob Corker? Jeff Flake, probably, John McCain is dead though, so that’s a no show. You were and still are an embarrassment to the great state of Tennessee. Why don’t you try New York or California for a residence…those are your kind of people. At least as a private citizen you can no longer make deals that enrich and aid Iran. And who gives a damn if the Prince of Saudi Arabia ordered Khoshhoggi to be murdered. None of our business; he was not an American…he just had a green card. It happened on Turkish soil; why aren’t you pissed with the Turks? He was not a journalist…he was a commentator. He had an opinion that I never, ever agreed with. I never heard you get all that torn up about the women and gay men that Saudi Arabia had put to death. Why didn’t they matter? Your silence is deafening! You have little man syndrome, Bobby but try to get over yourself.

    1. Ricky Johnson

      I’m sorry I wouldn’t vote for Bob Corker for anything! His core values not only don’t align with republicans, but with every opening of his mouth show his true Demonrat allegiance.

      PS: I didn’t misspell democrat… my spelling is an accurate representation of that “party”.

  2. Andi Price

    The Dems are pretty hard up for a viable candidate… they may be interested.

  3. Mike Morrell

    You whiny shrimp, I hope you do, because it will be so gratifying to millions of people who see you for the wimp you are to see you embarrassed beyond belief for the remarkably small amount of support you actually have, and the total disgust people have for you. GO POKE THE BEAR!

  4. Mark

    Bob Corker is “thinking” of running for President? President of what?

  5. Daniel Frost

    I would not even vote for a dog catcher but he should run as a democrat as he was with them more than not.

    1. Pat Hayes

      Daniel Frost you are so right! Maybe he will choose Flake as his running mate.since they are both RINOS.


    I’m just glad he is no longer a senator.

  7. Scott

    Maybe if him and Flake someone how merge together as one(2 heads are better than 1), he could pull it off.

  8. Pandora Vreeland

    You should have heard the BOOS from thousands in the audience when Corker’s name was announced at the Trump Rally. For him to even contemplate running against Trump is foolish. The BOOS were so loud that if I were Corker I would have resigned my senate seat the next day. What a disappointment he has been. He keeps throwing his little jabs at Trump. He should be supporting Trump, not pricking him with little arrows. Sorry for going on and on, but Corker really has been a big letdown and he can’t seem to stop letting me down.

  9. Barbara b.

    He couldn’t win at pin the tail on the donkey.! Why cant he just go away quietly and shut up?

    1. CCW

      The only place he is going is to K-Street, to sell his [sic] influence. He is a bitter man because his dreams of retiring as a billionaire were dashed when Trump axed TPP.

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  11. Thomas

    Anybody know what the “Council on Foreign Relations” is, and why it was created??

    Once you find out, just remember that “Corker” was the “Chairman” of that organization.”

    And with that kind of people backing you, money is no problem.

  12. Donald J. Trump

    My big toe will get more votes than you.

  13. Austin

    Let’s just say, if Bob Corker were to be elected President, would they cut a foot off of the Presidential podium or build a Presidential foot stool with the Great Seal on it?

  14. Eric

    You have as much chance being elected president of the USA as does my cat, little man. Tennesseans wish you would DISAPPEAR!

  15. Dr. Robert G. Modrall

    The only place thing Bob Corker will be doing is cleaning the toilets in GITMO for the duration of his retirement. Jeff Sessions got his pink slip for a reason. I won against him in court in USA-2018-00254 in July with overwhelming irrefutable evidence that will criminally prosecute his predecessors Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama, etc. Every Federal Judge in East Tennessee has recused themselves and confessed to a list of felonies a mile long and spanning decades. I’m tired of babysitting those ignorant juvenile delinquents and unfit parents.

  16. Rick

    Go ahead and run Bob; I can’t wait to vote for your opponent.

  17. TeeCee

    Pigs will fly before I would vote for this clown.

  18. Silence Dogood

    He will be running as a G.O.B. Southern Democrat, I am told. But that figures, right?

    1. Eric

      Whatever G.O.B. means.

      1. Horatio Bunce

        Good Ol’ Boy

    2. Rick

      Hey, it’s worked for Lamar all these years.

  19. ron stone

    Which party will Corker seek the nomination from? Will he do better than Gore in his run?