As you know, Bob Corker is a man who thinks Donald Trump is probably not mentally fit to occupy the Oval Office.
Bob said as much back in August when, two days after the President turned a press conference about infrastructure into an ad hoc referendum on Thomas Jefferson the “big time slave owner,” the Tennessee Senator told reporters in Chattanooga that “the president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.” Here’s that video in case you needed a reminder:
Trump (kind of) let that slide, but not because he wanted to. Rather, he was simply preoccupied with trying to convince Gary Cohn not to resign and also with figuring out how to fire Steve Bannon without actually firing him, in order to dispel the notion that the White House was keeping a known bigot on staff following a literal Nazi rally in Charlottesville that left one person dead.
But things turned contentious again early last month when Corker opined that Gen. Mattis, John Kelly, and Rex Tillerson are the only three people separating the nation from “chaos.”
That was a bridge too far for Trump who, in his traditional Sunday Twitter meltdown, said this about Corker on October 8:
Corker fired back, first by tweeting that the White House had become “an adult day care center” and then by granting a telephone interview with New York Times that found the Senator questioning whether Trump could accidentally “start World War III.” As a refresher, here’s what Corker said:
He’s treating the office like a reality show, with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.
He concerns me [and] he would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.
And that wouldn’t be the end of it.
A couple of weeks later, Trump again took to Twitter to lambast Corker, only this time he cranked the absurdity up another notch with the following completely ridiculous series of 140-character outbursts:
That came after an interview Corker gave on ABC’s Good Morning America, where the Senator reiterated the scathing comments he made about the President in the New York Times article linked above.
Later that day, Corker would tell CNN that Trump “has problems with the truth” and is most assuredly “not a role model” for America’s youth.
Ok, so that brings us to Wednesday and what Bob is going to do now is hold a hearing on “the executive’s authority to use nuclear weapons.” Here’s the statement:
A number of members both on and off our committee have raised questions about the authorities of the legislative and executive branches with respect to war making, the use of nuclear weapons, and conducting foreign policy overall.
This continues a series of hearings to examine these issues and will be the first time since 1976 that this committee or our House counterparts have looked specifically at the authority and process for using U.S. nuclear weapons. This discussion is long overdue, and we look forward to examining this critical issue.
Got it. So basically, Corker wants to have a discussion about whether it makes sense to give an unhinged geriatric whose CV includes an induction into the WWE hall of fame the authority to unilaterally start a nuclear war.
Somehow, that seems like a worthwhile discussion to have right about now. What do you think?