Corker is right to criticize Trump

The White House is currently quarreling over the National Anthem with guys who get paid to play a game. Meanwhile, ISIS is thriving in the Middle East, North Korea is testing missiles capable of hitting the U.S. homeland and relations with Russia continue to deteriorate. It’s time to rise above petty drama.

Corker, who’s decided not to seek re-election, lashed out against Trump during an interview with the New York Times over the weekend.

The Tennessee Republican decried the president’s Twitter tirades against foreign leaders and cryptic remarks like Trump’s recent “calm before the storm” quip which Corker worries are putting the U.S. “on the path to World War III.”

“He concerns me,” Corker tole The Times. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.”

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman added that Trump is handling is duties as though he’s still running his television show The Apprentice.

“Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here,” Corker told the paper.

The Times couched the Tennessee Republican’s statement as “[a]ll but inviting his colleagues to join him in speaking out about the president.”

Many, of course, will not. And that’s partially because the Trump White House is working to paint a picture for voters that illustrates only Trump-supporting lawmakers as worth keeping in office.

And the president has lashed out against Corker in a way that the Tennessee lawmaker might have predicted himself.

Trump’s response to Corker’s criticism is at least suspect. It’s been known for awhile that the Tennessee Republican didn’t plan to seek re-election. And even if he did, the recent special election in Alabama served to prove that Trump’s endorsement isn’t the golden arrow the president believes it is. And speaking of the Alabama election, Trump loses some credibility when he speaks of “people that can get the job done,” because in that race he endorsed the establishment candidate least likely to go along with his swamp-draining agenda.

President Trump has proven his ability to do two things very well in the White House, improve the economy and stir domestic and international drama. If he’d focus more on the former and lay off the Twitter attacks, he’d find his administration above reproach in short order. After all, that’s why voters wanted a businessman in the White House.

But as long as the president is determined to use his bully pulpit to comment on issues that have no real bearing on average Americans’ bottom lines, or to make boorish remarks about sensitive foreign policy problems without offering any evidence of prescriptions to prevent them from spiraling out of control, he deserves criticism from Corker and from all Americans. Those of you who refuse to criticize Trump can have your cult of personality– but remember that failing to critique public servants as harshly as possible ought to be considered just as un-American as kneeling for the national anthem.

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