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Trump’s Weird Attacks on Corker Continue

The weird White House attacks on Bob Corker continued today. He derided [1] the senator as “Liddle Bob Corker” in a tweet earlier in the day, and the White House spokesperson said the following:

It goes without saying that Sanders’ claims are false, but for some reason Trump and his staffers think this is a very clever attack. The odd thing about the White House’s attack is that Corker was doing his best to interfere in the process of finalizing the deal back in 2015. He was trying to find a way to let Congress meddle [4] with the agreement, and he was trying to come up with a bill that Obama wouldn’t veto. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act [5] was the product of hostility to the deal, and Corker was one of the architects of that legislation because he was one of the deal’s most prominent opponents.

Like other opponents of the agreement, he made criticisms [6] of it that didn’t hold water. Anyone paying the slightest attention two years ago would know that Corker was doing what he could to derail the agreement, but he was unsuccessful. It is more than a little bizarre to keep hearing how he was instrumental in “allowing” the deal to happen, as if he were omnipotent and could have halted the negotiations by willing it. If it had been up to Corker, there would have been no nuclear deal, but fortunately it wasn’t up to him or the Congress. The point in rehashing all this is to say that Corker is natural ally of the president in opposing the nuclear deal, but Trump is so hung up on attacking anyone that criticizes him that he pretends that Corker is an enabler of an agreement that the senator tried to block. With any luck, the Trump White House’s habit of shooting itself in the foot might just end up sabotaging its effort to blow up the nuclear deal by making an enemy out of Corker at a crucial time.

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#1 Comment By collin On October 10, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

Well, it probably made people google Bob Corker’s height though.

TBH I have no idea what any long range plan here but to make the Donald Trump the Republican Kingmaker to the Republican and I do wonder if this will backfire in the 2018 midterms. His attacks on Flake versus Ward is a good one to watch as Arizona is a Red state with a growing Latino population some of whom would vote Flake but not Ward/Trump. (I bet Tennessee is safe though.)

#2 Comment By David Tomlin On October 10, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

It’s the same “logic” used for criticizing the deal itself, that it “allows” or even “facilitates” Iran getting nukes. Nice irony to see it turned on one of the critics.

#3 Comment By KevinS On October 10, 2017 @ 6:40 pm

He has no idea what role Corker played. He has no idea what is even in the deal. He knows nothing. And he does not care. He is a petty child in a man’s body.

I would love to see him and Obama partake in a debate about the Iran nuclear deal with a journalist asking real questions. Anyone doubt who would come out on top and who would look like a blithering idiot?

#4 Comment By David Tomlin On October 10, 2017 @ 7:28 pm

He has no idea what role Corker played.

Good point.

I’m guessing the talking point is appropriated from some right-wing media outlet.

#5 Comment By Scott F. On October 10, 2017 @ 9:42 pm

Sadly, “Anyone paying the slightest attention two years ago…” does not describe anyone in the Trump White House.