Ex-GOP Sen. Corker: Trump primary would be 'good thing for our country'

Ex-GOP Sen. Corker: Trump primary would be 'good thing for our country'
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Former Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday said he believes it would be good if President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE competed against a strong primary challenger for the 2020 Republican nomination. 

“Philosophically, you could look at it and say that it would be a good thing for our country should that occur,” he said Tuesday during the Time 100 Summit, according to the magazine.

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“If you had a real primary, where you had someone that was really being listened to, and of substance, things that we were talking about — and I could go through a list of them — they would actually be debated in a real way,” he added.

He said that if Trump faced someone weaker, “nobody is going to listen to the debate.”

Corker, who frequently clashed with Trump while serving in the Senate, also accused Trump of purposefully dividing the country. 

“Typically, to unite people, you have to wish to do so, and I think that currently, the president has not found that to his benefit or to his liking,” he said. “Therefore, he purposely seeks to divide.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' Poll: Trump trails Biden and Sanders, beats Buttigieg, Harris, and Warren MORE (R) has already announced that he will jump into the race to compete with Trump for the nomination. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) have been floated as possible challengers.