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 (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017
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 (@SenBobCorker) October 8, 2017
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 (@funder) September 26, 2017
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 (@TeaPainUSA) October 8, 2017
@SenBobCorker YOU are a profile in courage! Where's the rest of the GOP? SOS GOP LEADERSHIP NEEDED. DON'T let Corker stand alone. Speak up!
— Malena♁Impeach Trump (@tweetMalena) October 8, 2017
OMG! Even Senator Bob Corker knows what an unhinged person Trump can be. Haha! A WH adult day care center. Impeach him please.
— Judy (@Cici0804) October 8, 2017
Impeach this POS please Senator Corker. Your party is currently filled with cowards. Get with McCain and make it happen
— Truth Hurts (@KyloInMN) October 8, 2017
— Kerry McCue (@krrmcc) October 8, 2017
Go Senator Corker! Impeach or 25th amendment the warmongering, racist Peetus.
— Rose N (@rknecho) October 8, 2017
Then impeach the SOB, Corker! We're all behind you, dude
— EVWORLD.COM (@evworldeditor) October 8, 2017
— Carlos Romero (@TUCxicano) October 8, 2017
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 (@PreetBharara) October 8, 2017
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 (@MikeDury) October 8, 2017