Corker, Sewanee Professor Argue About Trump On Hike

Posted at 9:40 AM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 10:49:36-05

A Sewanee professor's chance encounter with Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker during a weekend hike gave him a chance to vent his frustrations about the former Chattanooga mayor's support for President-elect Donald Trump.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports David George Haskell, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his 2012 book "The Forest Unseen," says Corker responded by saying, "If you don't like it, leave."

Haskell, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Britain, said Corker challenged him to explain what he has "ever done to contribute to the state."

Corker spokeswoman Micah Johnson says Haskell "aggressively approached" the senator and shouted at him about the election outcome. She says Corker "calmly suggested" that the professor did not have to live in Tennessee if he did not wish to do so.