Corker: GOP becoming ‘cult-like’ on Trump
GOP Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) warned on Wednesday that members of his party are becoming “cult-like” in their support of President Trump, pointing to leadership’s unwillingness to challenge the White House on tariffs.
“We are in a strange place. I mean, it’s almost, it’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? And it’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of — purportedly, of the same party,” Corker told reporters.
Pressed on whether he feels Republicans are currently in a “cult-like situation,” Corker acknowledged that there are some GOP lawmakers who stand up to Trump and it would be “unfair to try to say” that “about every member.”
“There’s no question that leadership in general is wary of doing anything that might upset the president. I mean, we’re going to be here during recess, generally speaking, which is fine with me but, look, it’s more about Trump being upset than it is about anything else,” Corker said.
“There is no more conservative person on protecting tax dollars, balancing the budget, paying down the debt,” Scarborough said of GOP Rep. Mark Sanford (S.C.), who lost his primary on Tuesday night as his opponent labeled him a Trump critic. Trump also tweeted 11th-hour criticism of Sanford on Tuesday afternoon.
“Why don’t we just say it has devolved into a cult? Primary voters in the Republican Party have devolved into a Trumpist cult,” the host added.
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