Trump and Corker: How the media amplifies dishonor and division in politics
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Trump and Corker: How the media amplifies dishonor and division in politics

October 9, 2017

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Trump says he declined GOP Sen. Corker’s request for re-election endorsement; Corker responds

In a series of tweets on Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump said Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) asked Trump to endorse him for re-election, which Trump said he declined to do. Trump’s tweets came after Corker said last week that certain members of Trump’s administration kept the country from “chaos.” Corker followed Trump’s comments on Sunday by tweeting that the White House was like a “an adult day care center.”

Beginning at 9:59 a.m. ET on Sunday, Trump said in three separate tweets, “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without… endorsement). He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal! …Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!”

“It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning,” Corker tweeted about an hour later.

Later in the afternoon, Trump tweeted, “Bob Corker gave us the Iran Deal, & that’s about it. We need HealthCare, we need Tax Cuts/Reform, we need people that can get the job done!”

Last week, Corker said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “help separate our country from chaos.”

Corker’s Chief of Staff Todd Womack refuted Trump’s claim that he had declined to endorse Corker, saying the president had asked Corker to reconsider running after the senator announced last month that he would not seek re-election. Womack added that Trump “reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him.”

Corker is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is on the Senate Budget Committee. To read more about Corker, the Iran deal and his involvement in it, see the Fact Comparison and Context sections below.

Distortion Highlights

  • The Twitter exchange between Trump and Corker was an example of divisiveness and dishonor in politics.
  • Objective, impartial journalism could promote awareness and thoughtful discourse about this issue.
  • See how the coverage may instead compound the problem with multiple forms of bias and manipulation.

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