Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin has a lot of questions.
What if Bob Corker is right about President Trump? What if the president is so unstable he threatens the future of the world? What if all the Republicans in Washington share this view and are too frightened or self-interested to do anything about it?
What if the generals around him can’t restrain him and he launches a nuclear attack? And on that topic, aren’t we supposed to have a civilian government?
“Thank you and congratulations to those officials struggling to protect American security, the Western alliance and world peace against Donald Trump,” Rubin quoted David Frum as saying. “But the constitutional order is becoming the casualty of these struggles.”
Americans likely “would prefer Mattis presidency to a Trump presidency. But to stealthily endow Secretary Mattis with the powers of the presidency as a workaround of Trump’s abuse of them? That’s a crisis, too, and one sinister for the future,” Frum said.
Rubin wants to cut to the chase. If banking on Mattis and others to “act in extra-constitutional ways so the president does not irreparably harm the country” – to thwart, ignore, delay, etc., his agenda – then “they must consider foreshortening his term.”
Forget the 305 electoral college votes of the 63 million actual votes … if Rubin thinks Trump is getting too much advice from the military men around him, and if those men are acting in “extra-constitutional ways” to protect the country, and Bob Corker is upset, then it’s time to remove the president.
“The Tennessee senator is saying out loud what virtually all of his Republican colleagues know – that the president’s instability and insatiable appetite for attention imperils not just their party’s agenda, but the nation’s security and democratic institutions,” the Detroit Free Press wrote in an unsigned editorial.
What Rubin, the Free Press and almost the entirety of the mainstream media failed to consider is this: What if Bob Corker is in the wrong?
He says President Trump is unstable, has called him a toddler and has said the White House has become an adult day care center and that “Secretary of State Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Mattis and Chief of Staff Kelly are those people who help separate our country from chaos” on any given day.
None of that is helpful, as several senators, including Roy Blunt of Missouri, pointed out in a Politico story.
As for Trump’s claim, which Corker denied, that Corker asked for his endorsement, then dropped out of running for re-election when Trump refused, then admitted he could not win without it, the facts seem to be on the side of the president.
But Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., was already expected to provide Corker a strong primary challenge. Blackburn would have benefited from Trump’s endorsement and the growing dissatisfaction with Corker over his support for the Iran nuclear deal.
Now, he is on the outs with the man whose support would have been vital to his re-election effort. Having bowed out, he has nothing to lose by tearing down the president or his own party.
There appears to be room in the 2020 field for a “moderate” who can pose as a “statesman” in contrast to the barbarian in office now. And there is a better than even chance Corker has taken note of this.
Corker “not only told the truth about President Trump’s unfitness for office but confessed that many Republicans agree,” Rubin wrote.