Guest Editorial: Don’t ignore the warning Corker sounded
We applaud Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker for his candid comments about President Donald Trump and his antics in the White House, bluntly as-sessing how Trump's behavior is not just careless, but also dangerous.
The presidency is not a reality show.
We urge other Republicans, who we know care deeply about this country and its way forward in the world, to follow Corker's lead and help get America back on track.
Corker expressed his frustration with the president openly last week in an interview with The New York Times. It was a remarkable departure from the tepid criticism and anonymous carping offered up thus far by Repub-licans in Congress.
"Sometimes I feel like he's on a reality show of some kind when he's talk-ing about these foreign policy issues," Corker said. "And, you know, he doesn't realize that we could be heading towards World War III with the kind of comments that he's making."
"He concerns me," Corker added. "He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation."
That Corker isn't seeking re-election next year makes it easier for him to speak candidly. He doesn't have to worry about offending a segment of the electorate. But that doesn't diminish the importance of his message. And while fellow Republicans in the Senate didn't come out and publicly agree with what Corker said, they also did not disagree.
That is significant from both a policy perspective and political perspec-tive.
Trump's constant recklessness and seeming inability to deal with the slightest of criticism has him steadily alienating fellow Republicans in Congress. It's not an accident that it's October and the president hasn't signed a single significant piece of legislation.
With a small majority in the Senate, the president needs every vote he can get. Publicly attacking and mocking Republicans like Corker on Twit-ter doesn't help.
Trump’s tweet: “The Failing @nytimes set Liddle' Bob Corker up by re-cording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that's what I am dealing with!”
Making matters worse, Trump ally Steve Bannon is going the scorched-earth route in an attempt to find primary opponents to face off against conservatives who don't demonstrate sufficient fealty to the Trump agenda. Bannon has called for Corker to resign.
Such twaddle only serves to alienate the president from his supposed al-lies in Congress.
Republicans in both the Senate and U.S. House must speak up. If the GOP wants to maintain its congressional majority, Republicans are going to have to break with the erratic man in the White House, whose approval numbers, by the way, sit below 40 percent.
There are critical issues at the doorstep: North Korea's saber-rattling, Russia's election tampering, NAFTA renegotiations, hurricane cleanup and recovery, health care reform, tax reform and more. With every ill-advised tweet, reckless statement and public bellowing against Republi-cans in Congress, the president is harming the very party he supposedly leads.
Not to mention the country he was elected to serve.
Dallas Morning News, Oct. 10