Trump blasts Sasse on Twitter over critical comments
Oct 18 2020
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, anxious that a "blue tsunami" could wipe out the Republican senate majority, laid into President Trump this week, calling him a narcissist who kisses dictators' butts and sells out the US' allies.
Two other Nebraska Republicans, U.S. Rep. Don Bacon and state Republican Party executive director Ryan Hamilton, told the Omaha World-Herald that they disagree with Sasse's characterizations of the president. He also criticised the president for not initially taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.
Sasse also hinted at more drastic consequences: a "Venezuela style" Supreme Court with dozens of justices installed by ascendant Democrats; an empowered China ruling the Pacific because of Trump's "weak" policies; and American allies doubting whether they can "trust in USA strength and US will".
"The way he kisses dictators' butts".
But he said he's had disagreements with Trump that do not involve "mere policy issues", adding, "I'm not at all apologetic for having fought for my values against his in places where I think his are deficient, not just for a Republican but for an American".
"The way he kisses dictators butts, I mean the way he ignores the Uighurs are in literal concentration camps, in Xinjiang right now". And then he went into full economic shutdown mode, ' said Sasse, who is up for reelection but is expected to prevail.
"I appreciate what President Trump has accomplished for our country and will continue to work with him on efforts which help Nebraska".
Sen. Ben Sasse had a conference call with 17,000 constituents this week, and probably not unexpectedly, the subject of President Trump came up. "He hasn't lifted a finger on behalf of the Hong Kongers", says Sasse.
"It isn't just that he fails to lead our allies, it's that the United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership".
Trump ripped Sasse as a "RINO" ("Republican in Name Only") who only was acting "nice" to Trump to win his GOP primary, but has since resumed his "stupid and obnoxious ways".
In the clip, a constituent asks "Why do you have to criticize [Trump] so much?"
He also said the president spends like a drunken sailor, and that he mocks the same people that vote for him.
Trump "mocks evangelicals behind closed doors", he added.
Sasse said it's looking "likely" Trump will lose in November and Trump could take down the Senate with him in a "blue tsunami".
In this June 30, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the North Korean side of the border at the village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone.
The remarks from Sasse put distance between him and Trump, even as he towed a party line in backing up Judge Amy Coney Barrett at Judiciary Committee hearings. But they also are striking as Trump's campaign seeks to focus its attacks on Democrat Joe Biden and not Republicans like Sasse who have reservations about their party's standard-bearer.