UPDATED: Morning Briefing: POTUS is in a Lame Diss War With a Tennessee Senator
Here’s where we are, folks: Ten months into Donald Trump’s term, he’s feuding with a war hero with brain cancer and a war widow, while taking issue with the way NFL players behave during the national anthem.
To recap: A guy who publicly called a grieving pregnant war widow a liar wants to tell NFL players how to properly respect our troops.— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) October 23, 2017
Now Trump is continuing his feud with retiring Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, who told Trump this morning to stay the hell out of the way while Congress tries to figure out tax reform. Why? Because the GOP is trying to draft a gigantic tax cut for rich people and Trump keeps taking away their options. Yesterday, Trump took 401(k) plans off the table, and every time Donald Trump insists on a particular provision in the tax reform bill, he takes another option to pay for it away from Republicans. The GOP is trying to find $4 trillion to pay for the tax cut, and Trump keeps derailing those efforts.
Anyway, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker has had it, and this morning Corker told him to back off.
Corker: Trump should leave the tax reform bill to committees. stop 'taking things off the table.' pic.twitter.com/tQjDcbdKkP— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 24, 2017
He also suggested that Trump should leave legislating to the professionals.
Corker on Trump and North Korea: "I would just like for him to leave it to the professionals for a while." pic.twitter.com/jqeAn5yPnp— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 24, 2017
Trump, who’s sitting in the White House in his bathrobe watching cable news, took to insulting Corker:
Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017
…Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017
That’s not how you spell Tennessee, Donald.
Corker returned the volley.
Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) October 24, 2017
It’s still going.
Isn't it sad that lightweight Senator Bob Corker, who couldn't get re-elected in the Great State of Tennessee, will now fight Tax Cuts plus!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017
Senator Corker, on CNN after earlier Twitter fight with Trump: Won't support Trump again; Trump has "lack of desire to be competent"— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) October 24, 2017
Corker on Trump’s legacy: “The debasement of our nation will be what he’ll be remembered most for.” https://t.co/CZ0jppeG7L— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) October 24, 2017
Sen. Corker is the incompetent head of the Foreign Relations Committee, & look how poorly the U.S. has done. He doesn't have a clue as…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017
…the entire World WAS laughing and taking advantage of us. People like liddle' Bob Corker have set the U.S. way back. Now we move forward!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017
And that’s where we are in America: Sympathizing with an anti-choice, global-warming skeptic who is trying to take healthcare away from the poor, because he is the voice of reason.
We are now entering the 3rd week of a fued between the Republican president and the Republican Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 24, 2017
Guys, I don’t think that tax reform is going to pass. And you know what? I’m just fine with that. Besides, I’m sure Trump will sign an executive order stating that billionaires will no longer have to pay taxes.
Anyway, here’s Seth Meyers on Trump’s rambling, nonsensical attempts at tax reform.
— In the meantime, remember when Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill slapping new sanctions on Russia for interfering in our election? That was in July. The President signed that bill (he had no choice). But you know what? He still hasn’t implemented those sanctions. One gets the feeling that he never will. He has no interest in punishing Russia. I wonder why?
— Finally, this has nothing to do with politics, but Jesus Christ, it pissed me off. In Michigan last week, five teenagers were fucking around and threw a rock off an overpass. It shattered through a windshield and killed a 32-year-old father. The teens are being charged with second-degree murder.
My first thought was: That is tragic, and awful, and Oh My God, that poor family. But also, second-degree murder? And they’re being charged as adults. You’re going to potentially send 5 teenagers to prison for life for throwing a rock off an overpass? I mean, that was a horrible, horrible thing to do, but to take away their lives over one terrible mistake?
… and then I read the rest of the story.
Police said about 20 rocks were thrown from the overpasses, as well as a tire. The cars below were driving about 70 miles per hour.
Investigators said four other cars also were struck by rocks and had pulled over to wait for the police. After White was hit, his friend had to maneuver around other cars that had been damaged by the rocks before he could pull over himself and help White, according to CNN.
They threw 20 rocks and a tire? WTF, kids? WTF?
Investigators said that immediately after the rock-throwing incident, they left the overpass and drove to a nearby McDonald’s for food.
Wait? These kids threw 20 rocks and a tire off an overpass at cars moving at 70 mph, killed a man, and then went to McDonalds?
You know what? I take it back. Throw them under the prison.
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