Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has called on Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to resign in the wake of a scathing interview he gave to a New York Times reporter blasting President Donald Trump as dangerous and volatile on foreign policy.
“If Bob Corker has any honor, any decency, he should resign immediately,” Bannon told Sean Hannity during a Monday appearance on Fox News Channel. “He should not let those words stand what he said about the (president).”
Bannon went on to suggest that Corker is not running for another term in the Senate because he would get “crushed,” comparing his hypothetical reelection campaign to the one in Alabama that saw outsider Roy Moore triumph over establishment favorite Luther Strange.
“These people have no respect for the working men and women in the United States,” he said. “I’ll tell you what, Senator Corker is an absolute disgrace… He is going to get crushed in the primary. He didn’t have the guts to get in. So, he doesn’t have the guts to get back in the race. He should resign.”
Bannon, who left his influential post at the White House so that he could serve as a “street fighter” for the Trump administration, laid out his plan to shake up in the establishment by unseating “every Republican incumbent except for Ted Cruz.”
“We’re spending a ton of time with the grassroots organizations to make sure that these cans are fully vetted,” he said. “You’re going to see people announced this week, they are going to have experience in government. You’re going to see some outsiders, they’re authentic. And these people are real.”
On Tuesday, Trump took a swipe at both the New York Times and Corker on Twitter, suggesting that their conversation was the result of duplicity.
The Failing @nytimes set Liddle' Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that's what I am dealing with!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017