A Corker of a Twitter Fight
Monday, October 9, 2017
Vol. 6, No. 269
Callout: President Trump engaged in a public Twitter fight with Tennessee’s Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who recently announced he’ll retire at the end of his term in January, 2019.
Trump blames Corker for his own and the party’s political failures this year. He vengefully tweeted, “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without… ..my endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal! ..Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!”
Corker responded, also via Twitter, “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”
He told The NY Times that having Trump for president is a matter of concern, that Trump could set the country on the path to World War III, and, “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him.”
Walkout: Vice President Mike Pence pulled an NFL protest of his own yesterday, walking out of the stadium in Indianapolis after nearly two dozen players from the visiting San Francisco 49ers knelt during the playing of the national anthem.
He acted on the orders of President Trump, who tweeted, “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country.”
Pence himself declared via Twitter that, “I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.” Pence appeared to have altered his travel plans at a cost of $242,000 with the intent of visiting the game and walking out.
Trump and his lieutenants have made tried to make the NFL protests about something they are not. They were spawned by racial injustice and police brutality. They are not about the national anthem, the military, or disrespecting the country.
Saturday night, neo-Nazis rallied again in Charlottesville and the Trump administration said nothing.
Talkout: FEMA administrator Brock Long said on ABC yesterday that he’s basically ignoring the San Juan Major’s continued calls for help. “We filtered out the mayor a long time ago, we don’t have time for political noise,” Long said. “We filter that out, keep our heads down, and continue to make progress and push forward in restoring central functions for Puerto Rico.”
Both Long and the president have described Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz’s criticisms and repeated calls for more and better help as “political,” even though Puerto Rican voters have no voice in national elections.
Trump tweeted yesterday, “Nobody could have done what I’ve done for #PuertoRico with so little appreciation. So much work!”
Getout: The Trump administration has cobbled together an immigration plan that threatens any cooperation or compromise with the Democrats to reach a deal that will allow the so-called “Dreamer” immigrants to stay in the country.
In trade for allowing the Dreamers to stay in the country, the administration wants funding of Trump’s vaunted wall along the US-Mexico border, a crackdown on the influx of Central American minors, and curbs on federal grants to sanctuary cities. The Democrats have already denounced the plan.
Kickout: Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been fired by his own company, The Weinstein Co., following lurid reports of his sexual harassment and inappropriate come-ons to women. The company board that fired him includes his own brother, Robert.
He’ll never eat lunch in this town again.