Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) fired back at President Donald Trump on Sunday morning, and their Twitter feud fueled speculation the outgoing senator may call for impeachment.
The Tennessee Republican announced last month that he would not seek re-election next year, and the former Trump defender has criticized the president's temperament and fitness for office.
Trump attacked the 65-year-old Corker on Twitter, claiming the senator had begged for his endorsement and decided to drop out after the president refused.
...Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn't have the guts to run!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1507471999.0
Corker responded an hour later by insulting the president's maturity.
"It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center," Corker tweeted. "Someone obviously missed their shift this morning."
It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.— Senator Bob Corker (@Senator Bob Corker)1507475623.0
Corker, who had been considered a candidate to serve as Trump's secretary of state, strongly questioned the president's stability and competence after his moral equivocation on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
That criticism, and his decision to leave the Senate when his second term ends, prompted speculation that he might lead the Republican charge to impeach Trump.
Hill Rumor Mill: Bob Corker will be the first Republican Senator to call for Trump's impeachment. #ImpeachTrump— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin)1506461835.0
Corker's insult Sunday morning only added to that speculation.
If Bob Corker leads the charge to impeach Trump, he will be the "Savior" of the GOP and win Dem respect along the way. Bob has big plans.— Tea Pain (@Tea Pain)1507476995.0
@SenBobCorker @SenBobCorker YOU are a profile in courage! Where's the rest of the GOP? SOS GOP LEADERSHIP NEEDED. D… https://t.co/PgMFe53ejO— Malena-Anti-racist #maskup 🌊 & Fight Tyranny! (@Malena-Anti-racist #maskup 🌊 & Fight Tyranny!)1507477934.0
@SenBobCorker Impeach this POS please Senator Corker. Your party is currently filled with cowards. Get with McCain and make it happen— Kurt's Unfired Rifle (@Kurt's Unfired Rifle)1507476950.0
@SenBobCorker Lead the GOP in the call for the impeachment of this indelible stain on your party. We the people demand it #Corker #Impeach— I ❤️ DOTUS (@I ❤️ DOTUS)1507476870.0
@SenBobCorker Go Senator Corker! Impeach or 25th amendment the warmongering, racist Peetus.— Rose N (@Rose N)1507476583.0
@SenBobCorker Then impeach the SOB, Corker! We're all behind you, dude— EVisioneer2020 (@EVisioneer2020)1507479929.0
@SenBobCorker @Mikeaveli2682 Senator Corker will you encourage your colleagues to vote to impeach then?… https://t.co/2Ev4Ud5YTO— Carlos Romero #DefundTPD #DefundThePolice (@Carlos Romero #DefundTPD #DefundThePolice)1507479306.0
Even if Corker's not planning to lead a drive for impeachment, many questioned the wisdom of attacking his own party's lawmakers in a closely divided Senate.
An adult day care center whose chief resident can't count to 51... https://t.co/QnXl8tDJm3— Preet Bharara (@Preet Bharara)1507476186.0
And, I'm not saying I'm a big fan of Corker. But, how is Trump getting in a war with him remotely helpful?— Mike Dury (@Mike Dury)1507480194.0