Corker Criticizes Republicans For Using Caravan To Stoke Fears, Mobilize Base

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., pauses during a hearing before being asked by reporters about derisive exchange of name-calling with President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washing... Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., pauses during a hearing before being asked by reporters about derisive exchange of name-calling with President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. In a remarkable Republican war of words, Corker says Trump is "utterly untruthful" and debases the nation. Then the president fires back that the two-term lawmaker "couldn't get elected dog catcher." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) MORE LESS
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November 1, 2018 12:45 pm
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Retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who is not shy about his criticisms of President Trump, gave his party a lukewarm scolding on Wednesday for stoking fears about the approaching caravan to mobilize Republican voters ahead of the midterms.

“Let’s face it,” he told reporters at an event in Nashville Wednesday, according to the Tennessean. “We all know what’s happening. It’s all about revving up the base, using fear to stimulate people to come out at the polls.”

Corker said he didn’t “approve” of Trump and other Republicans’ fear-mongering and demonization of the group of central Americans.

“I’ve just never been angry at someone who wants to come to the greatest nation on earth and live the kind of life that we lead,” Corker said. “To make pejorative statements about all of them … I don’t approve of that. I don’t.”

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