Corker reportedly LAUGHS at Republicans as he prepares to skip town before crucial border wall vote

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn, a fierce critic of President Donald Trump, intends to offer no help ensuring a spending measure sent over from the House that includes funding for a border wall passes the upper chamber.

That’s according to Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts, who reported that Corker plans to head back to Tennessee ahead of a looming vote on the stopgap spending measure.

“After @realDonaldTrump blew off an Oval Office farewell with @SenBobCorker, Corker now says he’s heading home to Chattanooga tomorrow, regardless of whether he is needed for a vote on a border security funding measure,” Roberts tweeted.

In noting that Corker’s decision comes after Trump skipped out on his farewell party on what was a very busy day for the president, it would suggest that the lawmaker is angry over the snub and is looking to settle a petty score in the face of a critically important issue before the Senate.


Amid reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may go nuclear, needing only 51 votes to pass the House bill, rounding up 51 Republican senators could prove to be a bigger challenge than it should be and every vote matters.

But Corker has let it be known that he could care less, even laughing at his GOP colleagues as they try to find a way to move forward on border security.

More from Politico:

Bob Corker could only laugh at Republicans’ predicament as President Donald Trump vowed not to sign the Senate’s stopgap spending bill. He laughed harder still when Ted Cruz walked by and insisted the party must fund the border wall.

The retiring GOP senator seemed almost punch-drunk on the chaos of the last few days as Trump again threatens a shutdown over border wall funding that Democrats simply won’t give him. But Corker said there was little to do other than sit back, watch the shutdown circus and keep a good sense of humor.

“Well, why not?” Corker responded when asked about his laughter. “You can’t make this stuff up. Y’all have fun.”


And the political class and their media allies can’t seem to figure out why so many Americans have such contempt for them.


While some social media users called on Corker to do his job, others suggested that he would likely not vote for the spending bill just to spite Trump.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:


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