Professor alleges verbal spat with Sen. Corker on hiking trail

Bob Corker (Photo: WKRN)
Bob Corker (Photo: WKRN)

SEWANEE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A University of the South professor alleges he got into a verbal spat with Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker after the two crossed paths while hiking near Chattanooga on Sunday.

In a Monday blog post, Professor David Haskell wrote that he saw Corker as they both were hiking on the same trail.

Haskell’s post said in part, “I greeted him then told him how deeply ashamed I was to be from a state where our senator will not denounce Trump for boasting of sexual assault.”

The professor alleges Senator Corker then said to him, “If you don’t like it, then you should leave the state.”

Haskell wrote, “He then turned the conversation to attack me -‘It’s people like you who won’t accept the results of the election who are deeply dividing this country. What have you ever done to contribute to this state?’”

According to Haskell’s post, “Three witnesses can vouch what what(sic) Senator Corker said to me.”

Senator Corker’s spokesperson Micah Johnson emailed a statement about the incident to News 2.

“While hiking alone yesterday afternoon on Stringer’s Ridge, Senator Corker was aggressively approached by Professor Haskell, who was hiking with three other individuals. Professor Haskell began shouting at Senator Corker in a profanity-laced tirade while pointing a finger in his face and told the senator that he was embarrassed to live in a state where the citizens voted to overwhelmingly elect Donald Trump. Senator Corker calmly suggested to the professor that he did not have to live in Tennessee if he did not wish to do so. Senator Corker believes that if the leadership of Sewanee witnessed the exchange, they would be sorely disappointed in the behavior of someone tasked with leading students.”