On Tuesday morning, Tennessee senator Bob Corker struck at the president with a hashtag that has caught fire across social media. Namely, Corker hit Trump with an #AlertTheDaycareStaff hashtag in a tweet that called him "an utterly untruthful president." The hashtag was a reference to a statement Corker made earlier this month that the president had turned the White House "into an adult daycare center."
As hashtags go, this is abut the most directly combative and punchy you're likely to see from an elected Republican officeholder, and that might have something to due with Corker's lack of future plans in politics. Back in September, the 65-year-old two-term senator from the Volunteer State officially announced that he would not seek reelection in 2018, freeing himself from the partisan concerns that still restrain many of his Senate Republican colleagues.
After that announcement in September, he dropped the "adult day care line" on Twitter, and in a subsequent interview with The New York Times, he laid into the president for his mendacious tweets, his reality TV instincts in leading the country, the possibility he could start a third World War, and the babysitting-like climate he's ushered in at the White House.
"I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it's a situation of trying to contain him," Corker told the paper. Now, he's taking up yet another rhetorical fight with Trump, and this time he's launched a hashtag that countless people are joining in on. Here are 19 such examples.
1. The Tweet That Started It All
2. Unbelievable State Of American Politics
3. Love Him Like Family
4. Hillary Warned Us
5. I Believe It's Your Shift
6. I'd Like To Report
7. Don't Think I Need To Sign Back In
8. Thank You Senator Corker
9. We're Gonna Need More Babysitters
10. The Ones Who Aren't Seeking Reelection
11. I Inspect Daycares
12. A Noble Way To Go Out
13. How You Drop The Mic
14. It Must Be A Sad Existence
15. Such A Juvenile Bully
16. If Hillary Had Lowered Herself To This Level
17. An Important Message About A Toddler
18. You Are The Entire Reason
19. Not Forgiven Yet
As that final tweet accurately notes, Corker's hands are by no means clean as far as enabling and supporting Trump is concerned. During the 2016 presidential election, the last time anyone really, truly had the ability to prevent this current political reality from taking place, Corker (like so many others) lined up behind the Republican nominee, flashing, five-alarm warning signs and all.
In fact, Corker campaigned for Trump in his home state of Tennessee back in July of last year, and greeted his selection of Vice President Mike Pence warmly.
"The reason you love him so much is because he loves you,” Corker told the assembled crowd, according to The Tennessean. “He loves you, and he wants the best for you."
Needless to say, Corker's attitude towards him looks a lot different now that Trump's calling the shots, nuclear codes in hand, than it did when he was the upstart, unexpected GOP presidential nominee. Corker was also reportedly considered by the Trump campaign as a potential vice presidential pick, but he ultimately bowed out of the selection process.
In fact, he subsequently told the press he thought Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka would be the best pick, a woman he described as a "brilliant, beautiful-in-every-way person." He also reportedly praised Trump's middle son Eric, calling him "equally impressive," according to The Hill. It's shocking how much things can change in just 16 months, isn't it?