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Trump Continues War Of Words With Corker On Twitter

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:30 am

You already know the background. Trump had a Twitter Tirade over the weekend at Bob Corker, in which Trump unleashed a typically fictional narrative about how Corker had unsuccessfully sought his endorsement. Corker replied with a tweet comparing the White House to an adult day care. Corker followed up with an interview with the New York Times in which Corker said Trump is making reckless threats that could lead us on a path to World War III. No Alpha Male President is going to take that lying down! And, we get the inevitable dopey “counterpunch” this morning on (where else?) Twitter:

For what it’s worth, like Trump’s previous tweets about Corker, this one is from Trump’s own personal fantasyland. Not only did Corker make a explicit reference (documented in the transcript) to the fact that the conversation was on the record, but the reporter says Corker also had his own aides taping it as well:

My question, what letter does the apostrophe in Liddle’ represent?

Anyway. An anxious public has only one question for Corker:

A BRIEF BUT RELEVANT DIGRESSION: Susan Wright mentioned it earlier, but I have to come back to it. Trump, still butthurt over the report that Rex Tillerson called him a f*cking moron, had this to say:

I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.

Oh, I already know who’s gonna win that one. Only a person with a stratospheric IQ would make sure that particular story stayed in the news as long as possible!

BACK TO THE STORY: But anyway, getting back to the Corker tweet, let’s make this our IQ question of the day:

You are President of the United States and a member of the Republican Party. Your party has 52 votes in the Senate, and several senators who are not reliable votes for the party’s proposals. Do you alienate yet another Republican Senator over personal pique? a) Yes b) No

You know who I bet knows the answer to that one, is Rex Tillerson.

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

86 Responses to “Trump Continues War Of Words With Corker On Twitter”

  1. I love how President Trump’s exposed Bob Corker

    now everyone knows corrupt Bob Corker is just craven political filthy republican trash what will vote against the interests of the tennessee people who elected him just out of spite

    thank you President Trump thank you for all you do

    love you Marsha thanks for being there when Tennessee needs you most

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  2. “Trump unleashed a typically fictional narrative…”

    Prove it, or admit bias. No weasel wording.

    ropelight (d782cb)

  3. plus Bob Corker’s a raging anti-semite what advanced the nuclear genocide of Israel

    not a good look Bob

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  4. Oh my gosh!

    And to think that people pay $500 a pop to see “Hamilton” on Broadway, when all they need to do is Google “Trump”.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. by getting rid of liddle’ butthurt bob President Trump goes one more step forward towards fulfilling his promise to drain the swamp Mr. nk

    this is gonna make a glorious musical


    happyfeet (28a91b)

  6. The apostrophe in Liddle’ can easily be explained as an error, or the result of an auto-correct failure.

    Likely, Trump wanted to insult Senator Corker by calling him little Bob… much as he used the same tactic against Little Marco during the GOP Primaries.

    ropelight (d782cb)

  7. Grudge Match: Trump vs. Corksoaker

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  8. heritage action scorecard!

    Liddle’ Bob Corker: 50% :(

    Marsha Blackburn: 88%!!! :) :) :)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  9. Bout With teh Lout and teh WeakSuck Who’s On His Way Out

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  10. Teh Pud vs. teh Tennessee Dud

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  11. Rubio blew a golden opportunity to hold up his thumb and forefinger two inches apart and say “Tiny Donnie” in response Trump’s “Little Marco” in that debate. But I guess that wouldn’t be what a Southern gentleman does?

    nk (dbc370)

  12. The OrangeMan vs. teh MullahPuppet

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  13. #2ropelight: “…fictional narrative”

    That struck me too.

    It seems odd for those who accuse Trump of intemperately saying the first thing that pops into his head, whether true or not, to apparently do the same.

    But for sure Trump is worse than the fat horny movie guy and maybe worse even than Godwin’s point man, who I am surprised has not yet been mentioned here. Or has he?

    Fred Z (05d938)

  14. It’s Putin’s Puppet Presidency of petulance, Patterico!

    Tillman (a95660)

  15. You are chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee and need President Trump’s endorsement to have a chance at reelection. Trump declines to support your candidacy.

    You now have the option to respond with a petty personal attack on Trump, or to withdraw from the election gracefully pledging your support for the GOP and offering to campaign for the party’s candidates.

    Your response will serve to indicate both your intelligence and your fitness for future opportunities to serve in an executive capacity in future Trump Administrations.

    ropelight (d782cb)

  16. The atmosphere of Jupiter is dense.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  17. Maybe Corker will prompt the other Gopers grow a little backbone and maybe he won’t. If he does, and they tell Bannon “Primary this, buttboy!”, the only thing that will save Trump is that Chuck and Nancy prefer him to Pence.

    nk (dbc370)

  18. Maybe the 3.3 million in undeclared income should be dispositive, not to mention the Iran dealwhuch trump is at least modifying try again.

    narciso (d1f714)

  19. Corker was also one of the promoters of that great bargain, funding the Syrian rebel ahrar Al sham, and nusra front to the tune of 500 million (they served practically no purpose in the current routing of Islamic state.

    narciso (d1f714)

  20. Sometimes the acorn eludes blind pigs.

    ropelight (d782cb)

  21. Considering the the hwasung missile with Russian or Ukrainian motors, pared with the miniaturizes warheads that were known four years ago, is the gamechanger like the semyorka launches inn6057, that made sputnik possible.

    narciso (d1f714)

  22. ropelight 2,

    Corker disputed Trump’s claim which makes this a “he said; he said” dispute. Patterico believes Corker and you don’t, but Trump believes in exaggeration and hyperbole and has been known to lie. It is reasonable to decide Trump is not trustworthy.

    DRJ (15874d)

  23. Your response will serve to indicate both your intelligence and your fitness for future opportunities to serve in an executive capacity in future Trump Administrations.

    ropelight (d782cb) — 10/10/2017 @ 9:33 am

    Trump’s problem is that a lot of them will decide that their ability to serve in future GOP Administrations will be hurt by supporting Trump.

    By the way, how many Trump Administrations do you think there can be? There is his current one and if he is re-elected, that will be his second. That’s it, so at most there could be one future Trump Administration.

    DRJ (15874d)

  24. Libs Love for Lenin Left Land in Lurch

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  25. Bob Corker believes in nuking the israeli people off the face of the planet


    happyfeet (28a91b)

  26. Trust for the guy who helped seal the Iranian nuke deal.

    Okay then… Momentary Lapse of Reason ain’t just a Pink Floyd album…

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  27. No he just doesn’t care about iran doing it, then there is his management as mayor of

    narciso (d1f714)

  28. Here’s the basis for the “fictional narrative”:

    President Donald Trump’s tweets Sunday morning claiming he denied Sen. Bob Corker’s request for an endorsement are false, two sources familiar with the discussions said.

    President Trump told Corker he was going to endorse him the day the Tennessee Republican announced his intention to retire, the sources said.

    “The President called the senator early last week and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek re-election and reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times,” one of the sources said.

    In anticipation of your objections, it is unnamed “sources”. On the other hand, the only source for Trump’s side of the argument is well known liar Donald Trump.

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  29. True, Haiku. It takes a real liar to be less trustworthy.

    DRJ (15874d)

  30. Cthulhu is squid 🦑 tastic!

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  31. So you are good with the Iran Nuke Deal, DRJ? You think it’s in our best interest?

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  32. plus tennessee people recall sleazy Bob Corker’s shamefully racist attacks on Harold Ford Jr.

    they’re probably eager to get rid of the pall of white supremacy Corker’s cast over their lovely state

    Marsha loves everyone equal and doesn’t do racism attacks on black people, so she’s clearly the best choice for America

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  33. Say what you will about Trump – and you do – Corker is a schwanzstucker.

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  34. I do not like the Iran nuke deal. My comments concern whether Corker or Trump is more likely to lie.

    DRJ (15874d)

  35. Just another day in Trumplandia

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  36. 33, oh please it served the greater electorate well back in 2006 (though Corks may have robbed us of a marginally better “First Black President”), though I believe its long past time that NT/RT puts money where mouth is and hijack the other party.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  37. What of this Stephen finches mentioned as a stalking horse. In that primary.

    narciso (d1f714)

  38. 34… sixes

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  39. Test

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  40. Does the system filter the word ‘shekel’?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  41. Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein: “You’ll never work in this town again!”

    And working for Trump almost as appealing as working for Weinstein.

    nk (dbc370)

  42. Shorter Trump: “If I’m so rich, why aren’t I smart?”

    Kevin M (752a26)

  43. 43: grow up please. No facile remarks and poor comparisons. Trump is right not to value the contributions of the senator who found that the “Iran Deal is great,” (formerly known as “Peace In our time.”).

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (5e0a82)

  44. President Trump’s cleaning up Bob Corker’s nasty mess the least anti-semitic bobby boy could do is say thank you President Trump

    liddle’ bobby’s not a gracious person that’s for sure

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  45. There is one side benefit to Trump’s lack of control of his mouth. There is no mystery as to what he is thinking or wants to communicate.

    Sure, sometimes mystery would be to his benefit. But there never is.

    SPQR (240837)

  46. 37, narciso, I would also check if Heath Shuler is being wined and dined to cross the foothills once again – Fincher might be the stalking horse for he, much as Webb was a stalking horse for John McCain (to sully George Allen i.e. Macaca ahead of the 2008 presidential primary).

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  47. Does the system filter the word ‘shekel’?
    Ben burn (b3d5ab) — 10/10/2017 @ 10:55 am

    I love you

    A shekel and kopec

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  48. And Iran, Iran’s so far away

    Yes Iran’s centrifuging night and day

    Corker got away

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  49. I am reminded of the comment I heard from my former NYC-based partners about Trump back in the late 1980s as the explanation for why so many excellent law firms and lawyers refused to accept Trump’s requests that they represent him: “Won’t pay and won’t listen.”

    By “won’t listen,” they were referencing the many, many times Trump undercut his own positions, despite their advice, by speaking out in public in stupid ways, including insulting his own lawyers publicly while they were still representing him.

    Rex Tillerson’s parents didn’t have to send him off to a military school.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  50. Back about twenty and fifteen
    He co-wrote a bill worst you ever seen
    It never would’ve made it through Congressional mud
    If I hadn’t been riding on the Tennessee Dud

    Had some trouble with that tool Obama
    He weren’t no good, was a bad outlaw
    The Republican party’s filled with Elmer Fudds
    Dems depended on the Tennessee Dud
    On teh Tennessee Dud

    Teh Tennessee Dud was a feckless tool
    Liked soapboxin’ and talked like a fool
    He had the nerve but his his judgement’s crud
    There never was a fool like Tennessee Dud

    People told him he’d sold his soul ah
    Pissin’ people off but a happy ayatollah
    Threw in with teh Dems but he drove a truck
    A happy mamahjamah, left us properly fu*ked

    Teh Tennessee Dud was a feckless tool
    Liked soapboxin’ and talked like a fool
    He had the nerve but his his judgement’s crud
    There never was a fool like teh Tennessee Dud

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  51. “Yes Iran’s centrifuging night and day

    Corker got away..”

    How about US/ISRAEL worming STUXNET?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  52. Even links? WTF?

    IS the Hill verklempt as a source?

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  53. If it hadn’t been riding on the Tennessee Dud

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)


    Twitter is barring a top Republican Senate candidate from advertising her campaign launch video on the service because a line about her efforts to investigate Planned Parenthood was deemed “inflammatory.”

    GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is running to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker, launched her campaign last week with a video proclaiming herself “a hard core, card-carrying Tennessee conservative.” In her announcement video, she boasts: “I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts. Thank God.”

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  55. Never seen a comment released from moderation.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  56. Oh, Corker’s vote on anything (except maybe, maybe, something like censuring Trump, which isn’t going to happen) is not going to be affected by any of this.

    The question is, what does Trump think he stands to gain? Whose respect is he getting?

    Sammy Finkelman (9f1a19)

  57. 52. Taking actions that constantly harm your own self-interest is the best criterion for having a mental health issue (and I have an M.S. in psychology).
    So thank you Beldar, for pointing that out.

    Tillman (a95660)

  58. In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Trump said this about his mental capabilites when matched with Rex Tillerson.

    He counterpunches, in this case firing a shot at Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who reportedly called his boss a moron: “I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.”

    You’d think Trump would have asked Tillerson if he did say those words, but in his answer to Forbes he made believe he had not. And as usual, we get more childish gibberish from the leader of the free world.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  59. Cause Bob Corker aint a liar? LOL.

    Poor Biggie (987b85)

  60. 6. ropelight (d782cb) — 10/10/2017 @ 9:02 am

    The apostrophe in Liddle’ can easily be explained as an error, or the result of an auto-correct failure.

    Trump wanted to hit the backspace key, but his the apostrophe instead, and then decided that what he had typed first was good enough.

    I can’t see Liddle coming from Autocorrect. It might be that Trump initially typed Liddle, with d’s, ecause it sounds like maybe something with an accent, maybe southern rural and uneducated, and then thought of changing it to the less informal and more real “Little”, and then gave up because it would be too time consuming.

    Sammy Finkelman (9f1a19)

  61. 61. Ben burn (b3d5ab) — 10/10/2017 @ 12:57 pm

    You’d think Trump would have asked Tillerson if he did say those words,

    Maybe he didn’t want to ask Tillerson, for fear of what the answer would be and fear of what he might feel compelled to do in that case. He doesn”t want to fire him: It would create turmoil.

    Sammy Finkelman (9f1a19)

  62. @53 Col Haiku

    Nailed it.

    A war! A war! My nation for a war!

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  63. Sammy: Trump avoiding conflict goes cintrary to his ‘character’ so it feels dubious.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  64. IS the Hill verklempt as a source?
    Ben burn (b3d5ab) — 10/10/2017 @ 12:28 pm

    Is that The Hill you want to rely on?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  65. Never seen a comment released from moderation.
    Ben burn (b3d5ab) — 10/10/2017 @ 12:38 pm

    “Welease Wodewick!”

    Michael Palin I think.

    Moderation in the name of Ben Burn is no vice.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  66. Pin: stop and think. The point is about modetation protocols. If Patterico wants to help with script perhaps it would be consistent to publish trigger words activating the funeral of moderated comments.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  67. Did I say ” stop and think”?

    Mea culpa.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  68. 52. Taking actions that constantly harm your own self-interest is the best criterion for having a mental health issue (and I have an M.S. in psychology).
    So thank you Beldar, for pointing that out.
    Tillman (a95660) — 10/10/2017 @ 12:55 pm

    What does letting armchair MS’s in PSY define your self-interest get you? Asking for a friend. Would you recommend a 72 hour Twitter hold?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  69. If course that comment is likely I’ll advised as I suspect our host is looking for a justification for free speech limirations.

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  70. Contrary to that last posts impression…I am not inebriated yet..

    Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  71. 71. A Twitter hold would just be a band-aid, no cure.

    Tillman (a95660)

  72. Probably still selling baby parts, effortless evil, the rotten, soulless witches.

    Colonel Haiku (7680d5)

  73. you’d be just as grumpy if they were giving the baby parts away for free and you know it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  74. The -ovs and the -sky’s got first dibs.

    urbanleftbehind (5abba7)

  75. To my credit, I had to look up “bukkake”. To my dismay, I won’t need to in the future.

    nk (dbc370)

  76. Sorry dude, but you know Mel was digging it.

    urbanleftbehind (5abba7)

  77. 66. Ben burn (b3d5ab) — 10/10/2017 @ 1:07 pm

    Sammy: Trump avoiding conflict goes contrary to his ‘character’ so it feels dubious. </blockquote. Depends with who. He doesn't want to fire Tillerson, (although maybe he was talked out of it earlier) It woud cause problems for him.

    If they publicly get along it would be enough for him. Since he's not in a fiight now, he's not looking for trump cards on that person.

    Sammy Finkelman (9f1a19)


    Jim Geragghty says that if Trump’s reckless threats could send the United States on the path toward World War III = one reckless tweet coukd – but taht if the world is really 140 characters away from Armageddon taht’s astinging indictment of several previous administrations as well as of Trump/

    And if all that was needed to get Kim Jong Un to launch an ICBM carrying nuclear weapons to the United States was an insult from the president, we would have seen the missiles flying already.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  79. 68. Ben burn (b3d5ab) — 10/10/2017 @ 12:38 pm

    Never seen a comment released

    from moderation. Any such released comments appear in their proper place, in chronological order with all the rest, and with no notice taken except maybe what somebody says in the comments.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

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