It looks like all bets are off at this point for outgoing Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who said on Wednesday that he plans to challenge Donald Trump in possibly the biggest way so far.
Fortunately for America, we haven’t been in a situation where we collectively questioned the wisdom or temperament of our President in a long, long time. But that time has come again, after watching Trump blunder his way through a presidency that has thus far been marked by missteps, failure, a lack of oversight, and the kind of childish behavior one might see from an adolescent home alone for an entire weekend.
Corker, for his part, has finally put an end to the pretense that Trump is any kind of a reasonable person, though much of his party is still seemingly attached to the blustering billionaire at the hip — the Great White Hope of Republicanism, apparently.
So the day after a mini-revolution at voting booths across the country, Corker recognized that Trump is likely seeing an end to his power sooner rather than later, and liable to act accordingly.
On Wednesday, Corker released a statement announcing a hearing that will be held Tuesday, November 14 in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — of which Corker is the Chair. The meeting is set to review “the executive’s authority to use nuclear weapons.” In the statement, Corker said:
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.”
The alarm among members of Congress follows Trump’s reckless behavior toward the ongoing situation with North Korea, in which he has continually taunted the leader of the isolated nation, threatening the peninsula with “fire and fury,” and essentially daring Kim Jong Un to a game of nuclear “chicken.”
Whether the right kind of leadership comes from Democrats or Republicans, it is welcome in a time of constant uncertainty from Donald Trump. Since the Democrats are not yet in control of either chamber of Congress, it’s fallen to Bob Corker to be a check on what Trump surely sees as the unlimited power of the presidency.
He’s about to find out just how little power he has.
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