Former U.S. Republican Sen. Bob Corker reportedly said the Republican or Democratic parties have changed too much by his standards.
This, according to The Chattanooga Times Free Press, which quoted Corker’s speech this week at the Chattanooga Rotary Club.
“I was a Republican in the Senate for 12 years and we cared about fiscal issues, world leadership and free trade,” Corker reportedly said.
“I look at the Republican Party now and we are isolationist, protectionist and care nothing about keeping these institutions that have kept the world safe in many ways.”
The Times Free Press went on to quote Corker as saying he was skeptical of the Democrats’ move further left.
As reported in April, Corker said America will benefit if another Republican runs for president against Donald Trump next year.
Corker reportedly said this at the Time 100 Summit in New York.
“You could look at it and say that it would be a good thing for our country should that occur. If you had a real primary, where you had someone that was really being listened to, and of substance, things that we were talking about — and I could go through a list of them — they would actually be debated in a real way,” Corker reportedly said; adding that a less-challenging Republican opponent would get little media attention.
Corker reportedly also said Trump divides the nation.
“Typically, to unite people, you have to wish to do so, and I think that currently, the president has not found that to his benefit or to his liking.”
As The Tennessee Star reported earlier this year, Corker, an avowed NeverTrump-er, has used his previous platform as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to criticize him. Twice last year he compared the Republican president to a banana republic for removing former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and other former officials’ clearances.”
The retired Senator said he would be good as president but it is “not necessarily even on the front burner; it’s a possibility.”
The Star reported last December on how Corker longed for the way the Republican Party was before the Tea Party and before Trump. Corker also refused to say if he prefers Trump to a Democrat in the White House in 2020.
Last year, Corker said Trump was controlled by the opinions of talk-radio hosts, The Huffington Post said. He also likened Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter to tyrants, making reference to their opinions on the border wall situation.
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