News World
  • Facebook
    Facebook
  • Twitter
    Twitter
  • Pinterest
    Pinterest
  • +
  • Linkedin
    Linkedin
  • WhatsApp
    WhatsApp
  • Email
    Email
SHARE THIS
  • Facebook
    Facebook
  • Twitter
    Twitter
  • Pinterest
    Pinterest
  • Linkedin
    Linkedin
  • WhatsApp
    WhatsApp
  • Email
    Email

In a surprising turn of events, it would appear Donald Trump has caused some division in the United States. This time, the president’s beef is with members of his own party. In the past two weeks, two Republican senators came out publicly against the president (both personally and professionally) and suggested that others in the party feel the same way. That’s on top of John McCain’s criticisms and senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins who have opposed his bills.

This is a huge deal. It’s one thing to not have opposition support, but for the president to not have the support of his party is another thing. Not only is he lacking support, senators have come out against his character; questioned his competency and ability to lead; and called him a liar.

This isn’t just normal political criticism though. This is political criticism in The Trump Era. There have been insults flying and this whole thing has turned into an all-out Twitter beef. Yes, high-ranking political officials are trolling each other on Twitter. Welcome to 2017.

Sen. Bob Corker

Back in 2016–ah, the good old days–when Donald Trump was just a presidential candidate, Bob Corker said that he wouldn’t officially endorse him, but he supported him in the race for president. He was considered for a time after Trump was elected for the position of Secretary of State, but was eventually passed over in favour of Rex Tillerson.

By May of this year, Corker was saying the White House was in a ‘downward spiral’ as the Russia meddling allegations came to light and several other scandals rocked the administration (and then continued to do so on a weekly basis). Corker and Trump exchanged barbs throughout the summer, but it wasn’t until the beginning of October that things really came to a head.

Corker told reporters that ‘Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis and Chief of Staff Kelly are those people that help separate [the United States] from chaos.’ Notably absent from that list: Trump.

Of course that statement got some Twitter response from POTUS, who can never seem to pass up an opportunity to be petty. And that tweet prompted Chris Evans to call the president of the United States a meatball. Chris isn’t involved in this, we just figured it was time for some comic relief.

Corker responded on Twitter and equated the White House to a daycare center. He also told the New York Times that the president was setting the country on the ‘path to World War III.’

After that, Trump trash talked Corker some more and claimed that Corker wasn’t running for reelection in his state because Trump refused to endorse him. Corker refuted that claim and others with the blanket statement (that we’re inclined to believe): ‘Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president.’

And that prompted more Twitter response from Trump, who apparently also decided to make up a new word for the occasion?

Sen. Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake was less theatrical with his criticism but that kind of makes it more savage in a way. Where Corker talked to reporters and used Twitter (like a celebrity feud), Flake used the good old fashioned senate address to talk crap about POTUS. It takes a certain skill to use professional-sounding language to completely cut down a person’s policies and character.

On Tuesday, Flake announced that he would not be running for reelection in his state of Arizona in a stunning speech that addressed everything that is wrong with the Trump presidency.

‘We must never regard as ‘normal’ the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals,’ he said, ‘We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country–the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve.’

He then went on to call out DT specifically (well, he didn’t name names, but come on).

‘We must stop pretending that the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal. Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is when it is actually reckless, outrageous and undignified.’

Owned. The speech got a standing ovation. Flake doubled down the next day when asked about his comments on CNN. He also said that many others in the party feel the same why but just haven’t come forward yet.

You can probably guess what happened next.

Corker and Flake are sticking together though. Who’s next?