Two Republicans who exited Congress with anti-Trump rants flamethrow new charges at White House

Republican Sens. Bob Corker and Jeff Flake are mimicking the Democratic Party’s talking points on their way out the door.

Much like their counterparts across the aisle, the GOP lawmakers are questioning or otherwise drawing attention to President Donald Trump’s state of well-being as they announce their intentions not to run for reelection.

In an interview this week on CNN, Corker repeated concerns he’s made before “about [Trump’s] leadership, and just his stability, and the lack of desire to be competent on issues and understand and nothing has changed.”

Needless to say, his anti-Trump rhetoric is well received at a network locked in a blood feud with the president.

Flake remarked on the stability of the world under Trump when he announced his retirement from the Senate floor, criticizing the president’s “mercurial behavior.”

“The notion that one should stay silent as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined and as the alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters — the notion that one should say and do nothing in the face of such mercurial behavior is a-historic and, I believe, profoundly misguided,” Flake said.

On the day Trump met with Senate Republicans, former GOP senator Tom Coburn told The New York Times the president “has a personality disorder.”

“We have a leader who has a personality disorder,” Coburn said. “But he’s done what he actually told the people he was going to do, and they’re not going to abandon him.”

Times op-ed columnist David Brooks pushed home the mental health narrative on Friday in a piece that draws to mind criticism of President Ronald Reagan early on in his presidency, alleging that some Republicans worry Trump “might be suffering from early Alzheimer’s.”

“The Republican senators went to the White House and saw a president so repetitive and rambling, some thought he might be suffering from early Alzheimer’s,” he said in a column. “But they know which way the wind is blowing. They gave him a standing ovation.”

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