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Kurtz: Why GOP infighting turns kinky
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the escalating war of words between Republican Senator Bob Corker and President of the Trump.
Well, so much for Republican unity.
On the morning that Donald Trump is trying to bring his party’s senators to lunch together a White house, a war of words erupted between the President and the Republican Chairman of the foreign Affairs Committee.
And by the afternoon, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake stocking from the Senate hall of the bubbles in the announcement that he, not executed, like Bob Corker, again.
Flake, who faced a difficult re-election battle, ratcheted up his rhetoric, saying that “reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has apologized already and what it tells it like it is.” He said it was a “blatant disregard for the dignity of,” came “from the top of our government,” and this was “dangerous for a democracy…I want to complicit or silent.”
If you take a step back, this really is exceptional: Two prominent Republican senators, Flake, and Bob Corker, with incendiary language against a President of their own party, and the decision will lose their jobs. Trump had already Jeff Flake dismissed as, well, a flake.
John McCain praised his fellow Arizonan. But the Steve Bannon wing of the GOP, which is popular undoubtedly, how to get rid of two trump critics and try to replace them with more reliable legislator. But in the year 2018, the departures also provide an opening for the Democrats.
In one day, which is also dedicated to tax reform, Corker hit Trump with so many jabs-on television, on Twitter, on the hill was Yes—I began to lose track. And Trump repeatedly punched back.
I know, I know. We already have a few rounds of the great trump-Corker exchange of blows, with warnings before the war and all that. But that’s risen to a whole new level.
The Corker feud is not difficult to understand: These guys do not like each other, and the Tennessee senator not up for re-election. He made the morning TV rounds.
Corker on “Today”: The White house should reform the “side step” over the control.
Corker on “CBS This Morning”: “It seems to be, to share in the ECB’s model of the White house specifically.”
Corker on CNN: “I don’t know why he descends to such a low, low standard and the devaluation of our country.”
Trump on Twitter: “Bob Corker, who helped President O you give us the bad Iran Deal & could not be elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting cuts in tax.”
Corker on Twitter: “the same falsehoods from a completely wrong President. #AlertTheDaycareStaff.”
Trump on Twitter: “Sen. Corker is the incompetence of the head of the foreign Affairs Committee, and look how bad the USA has done. He has no idea how …the whole world laughed and use us. People like liddle’ Bob Corker back in the USA.”
Then the TV Reporter grabbed Corker in the Senate, the floor and the cable networks took it live, as he continued to trash trump.
For a man who called the White house, an adult day care center, he’s not, act like the adult in the room.
And Trump, as we all know, can not resist, fight back.
All of this amounts to a fight to show how the party continues with the tax reform. But it is certainly not the case that the fight will be easier.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.