Donald Trump Would Rather Get Into Twitter Fights Than Help Republicans Pass Tax Cuts

Sen. Bob Corker fires back that Trump is an “utterly untruthful president.”

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) pauses during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.J. Scott Applewhite/AP

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President Donald Trump can only lose two votes in the Senate if he hopes to push through a massive corporate tax cut before the midterm elections. On Tuesday morning, the president doubled down on doing everything he can to lose one of them. 

In a string of tweets, Trump mocked Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-Tenn.) stature, called him “incompetent,” and said he couldn’t get elected dog catcher. Trump’s comments came in response to Corker saying on Tuesday that Trump should leave writing tax legislation to Congress. On Monday, Trump tweeted that there will be no changes to 401(k) plans.

Corker fired back, as he has before, by saying that Trump’s untruths have turned the White House into an adult daycare center. 

Corker has previously said he will not vote for tax reform if it adds to the deficit. Last week, Corker voted for a budget resolution that allows the Senate to add $1.5 trillion of deficit spending over 10 years in order to fund tax cuts. But the senator has not yet said whether he will vote for the final tax cut package. (An initial estimate from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center showed that nearly 80 percent of the benefits from Republicans’ tax framework would go to the top 1 percent of Americans.)

Corker followed up later Tuesday morning, telling reporters that Trump is not even particularly good at being untruthful. “You would think he would try to focus on things where there wasn’t a witness, but the whole world is a witness to these untruths,” he said. When asked if Trump is a liar, Corker said his family hasn’t used that word.

Corker added that Trump’s principal legacy will be his “debasing” of the nation. When CNN asked Corker if he would support Trump again, he responded: “No, no way.”

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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