June 13, 2018

Matt Gaetz responds to Bob Corker: ‘The GOP is not a cult’

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., pushed back on comments from Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., comparing their party to a cult, arguing Corker was “upset” to be “passed over” for secretary of state.

“The GOP is not a cult,” Gaetz said to MSNBC’s Katy Tur Wednesday. “We’re a party built on principles that right now are increasing economic opportunity for millions of Americans.”

“I think that Sen. Corker is a little upset that he got passed over for secretary of state,” Gaetz said later in the interview.

 The comments come after Corker accused the Republican Party of “becoming cultish” because conservative lawmakers have not challenged Trump and that “leadership in general is wary of doing anything that might upset the president.”

“We’re in a strange place. It’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it?” he told reporters Wednesday.

“It’s not a good place for any party to have a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be purportedly of the same party,” he continued.

Corker, who is not seeking re-election in the 2018 midterm elections, has been an outspoken critic of Trump, even questioning the president’s competence. Last fall, he called the White House an “an adult day care center.”

Meanwhile, Trump has fired back and has said that Corker “begged” for an endorsement, but that he rejected the request and also claimed Corker “couldn’t get elected dogcatcher.”

Originally posted here.