A former Republican Senator from Tennessee who had a tumultuous relationship with President Donald J. Trump has resurfaced to bash the forty-fifth President in his final days in office, along with, by extension, those who support him.
“Look, there’s no one that feels more strongly about the fact that Republicans ought to celebrate some of the policy gains that have occurred, but never ever, ever allow someone like President Trump to serve again, certainly to become the Republican nominee or be president of the United States,” former Sen. Bob Corker (T-TN) told Knox News last week.
Corker, begrudgingly supported Trump during his 2016 presidential election campaign, though he refused to formally endorse the eventual winner of the race.
The pair had numerous public spats before Corker retired from his post in 2018.
Corker once referred to the White House as an “adult daycare center.”
In October of 2017, Corker told The New York Times that Trump was putting the United States “on the path to World War III.”
Like everyone else who made that claim, Corker was wrong. There were no new wars during the Trump presidency, as Vice President Mike Pence noted Sunday.
“I’m proud to report with just a few days left in our Administration, our Administration is the first in decades that did not get America into a new war. That’s Peace through Strength,” Pence said on Twitter.
I’m proud to report with just a few days left in our Administration, our Administration is the first in decades that did not get America into a new war. That’s Peace through Strength. pic.twitter.com/uiSNxi67aT
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 18, 2021
But with Trump leaving office, Corker and many like him in the GOP Establishment that was roundly rejected by Republican voters in 2016, is looking to guide the GOP’s path forward.
“When asked about [potentially running for office again] Thursday, the former senator and former Chattanooga mayor said no one should take his statements to mean he is trying to push his way to the top of the party, a place he says he’s never felt inclined to go,” Knox News reported. Instead, he just wants a seat at the table when the party’s future is up for debate, he said.”
In an interview with Politico, Corker refused to rule out running for office in the future. He told Knox News that he’s on “sabbatical.”
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