GOP Sen. Corker Slams ‘Tyranny’ Of ‘Talk Radio’ Hosts For Impending Shutdown

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 6: Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., talks with reporters in the Senate subway on December 6, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) slammed the “tyranny” of talk radio show hosts for the impending government shutdown.

“Do we succumb to tyranny of talk radio hosts?” Corker wondered aloud to reporters, according to CNN’s Manu Raju and other reporters who heard the remark.

“We have two talk radio hosts who influenced the President,” he added. “That’s tyranny, isn’t it?”

The government could shutdown at the end of the day Friday over Trump’s insistence that Congress appropriate $5 billion for a border wall. He’s previously said multiple times that he would be “proud” to shut down the government over wall funding.

It’s unclear wh0 exactly Corker meant to single out: Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter both raged at Trump on Wednesday for initially appearing to back away from his demand for border wall funding, but so did plenty of other far-right Republicans.

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