WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump has a reputation as a “counter-puncher” and that trait was on full display Saturday as he took to twitter to call out Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.
Senator Sasse, a Republican, told Nebraska constituents in a telephone town hall meeting last Wednesday that President Donald Trump has “flirted with white supremacists,” mocks Christian evangelicals in private, and “kisses dictators’ butts.”
Sasse, who is running for a second term representing the reliably red state, made the comments in response to a question about why he has been willing to publicly criticize a president of his own party. He also criticized Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and said Trump’s family has treated the presidency “like a business opportunity.”
TRUMP HITS BACK
Just before 11:00 am Saturday, before heading to rallys in Michigan and Wisconsin, Trump tweeted – “Senator Little Ben Sasse of the Great State of Nebraska seems to be heading down the same inglorious path as former Senators Liddle’ Bob Corker, whose approval rating in Tennessee went from 55% to 4%, & Jeff “the Flake” Flake, whose approval rating in Arizona went from 56% to practically nothing.
Both Senators became totally unelectable, couldn’t come even close to winning their primaries, and decided to drop out of politics and gracefully “RETIRE”. @SenSasse could be next, or perhaps the Republicans should find a new and more viable candidate?
The least effective of our 53 Republican Senators, and a person who truly doesn’t have what it takes to be great, is Little Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a State which I have gladly done so much to help. @SenSasse was as nice as a RINO (republican in name only) can be until he recently won the Republican nomination to run for a second term.
Then he went back to his rather stupid and obnoxious ways. Must feel he can’t lose to a Dem. Little Ben is a liability to the Republican Party, and an embarrassment to the Great State of Nebraska. Other than that, he’s just a wonderful guy!”
NEBRASKA WEIGHTS IN
Two other Nebraska Republicans, U.S. Rep. Dan Bacon and state GOP executive director Ryan Hamilton, told the Omaha World-Herald that they disagree with Sasse’s characterizations of the president.
“Senator Sasse is entitled to his own opinion,” U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, another Nebraska Republican, said in a statement. “I appreciate what President Trump has accomplished for our country and will continue to work with him on efforts which help Nebraska.”
Sasse, who is up for reelection on Nov. 3, was heard in audio of the call slamming the president in a nearly 10-minute response to a constituent’s question about why he criticizes Trump so much.
Sasse expressed his fears over a wave of Democratic victories in November and said a Trump election loss “looks likely.”