Well, he’s not wrong.
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) is as perplexed and alarmed by the creeping cult of Trumpism in Washington as the rest of the sentient portion of American society.
Senator Corker is going through some frustration, after his efforts to bring a bill protecting the nation from President Trump’s insane tariffs plan was blocked from even being voted on.
As it is, the bill has the backing of around a dozen other senators, and simply seeks to make any tariffs the president proposes subject to the vote of Congress, if his claim is that the tariffs are responsible for national security.
Because we all know what a security threat Canada is.
That’s actually the way it’s supposed to work, but for some reason, Congress has abdicated their responsibility to represent the American taxpayers. They’re all pretty much shining seats and waiting on their government paycheck, at this point.
After his bill was blocked, a frustrated Corker spoke up.
“[But] is leadership in general not wishing to poke the bear? Absolutely, because it’s all about the next election, right?” said Corker, who is retiring after 2018.
He’s retiring. As I’ve said before, given this current climate in Washington, those who no longer have skin in the game are the most trustworthy, because they’re going to speak far more freely than those who, as he pointed out, are concerned about the next election.
Speaking on Wednesday, Senator Corker expanded on his comments from the previous day.
So is this thing we’re seeing a cult?
“We are in a strange place. I mean, it’s almost, it’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? And it’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of — purportedly, of the same party,” Corker told reporters.
When pressed to talk about the cult of Trumpism within the GOP more, Corker wouldn’t go further, saying that it would be unfair to paint the whole party that way, and I would agree. It’s not all of them, but it seems as if there are enough of them who think they’re going to catch a comet-ride off of this planet that the rest of us should be concerned.
“It’s not a good place for us to be. You know, I think about the things that we, generally speaking, have stood for … sort of where the Republican Party has been traditionally and were it is today is quite divergent,” Corker told reporters.
And he’s right. This isn’t Reagan’s Republican party.
“There’s no question that leadership in general is wary of doing anything that might upset the president. I mean, we’re going to be here during recess, generally speaking, which is fine with me but, look, it’s more about Trump being upset than it is about anything else,” Corker said.
A perfect example of that is Mark Sanford, who has been outspoken about his differences with the president.
The South Carolina representative lost his primary bid, after his opponent painted him as insufficiently loyal to President Trump. Trump, himself, sent out a tweet, endorsing Sanford’s opponent and slamming Sanford because of his lack of loyalty.
This is blatant.
Sanford has a Liberty score of 93 percent from Conservative Review. That’s even more conservative than Senator Ted Cruz.
And despite his criticisms of Trump, Sanford has voted with Trump’s agenda over 80 percent of the time. Now, because of the cult mentality that has infected the Republican party, that’s a seat that will be vulnerable to being flipped blue.
The sad realities of the party of Trump is that it is no longer about preserving conservatism, but about the glorious worship of a man, Donald Trump.
The GOP has, at long last, self-immolated on an orange altar.