“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.”
In a town hall with constituents, Republican Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska was asked why he criticized Donald Trump so much. Sasse, who did not vote for Trump in 2016, offered an honest and revealing assessment of the President. In fact, most of Sasse’s criticisms of Trump are the same ones made by some of Trump’s most vocal critics. Unlike Trump, Sasse has a record of telling the truth even when he knows people don’t want to hear it. There is good reason to believe that Sasse reflects the views of many other Republicans- both in and out of elected office. Sasse won’t cast a ballot for Donald Trump this year. It is very difficult to imagine how any principled conservative or loyal Republican could.
SASSE ON TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY
The way he kisses dictators’ butts. I mean, the way he ignores that the Uighurs are in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang. Right now, he hasn’t lifted a finger on behalf of the Hong-Kongers. The United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership, the way he treats women, spends like a drunken sailor. The ways I criticize President Obama for that kind of spending; I’ve criticized President Trump for as well.
He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors. His family has treated the presidency like a business opportunity. He’s flirted with white supremacists.
Ben Sasse on Trump’s Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic
He refused to treat it seriously. For months, he treated it like a news-cycle-by-news-cycle P.R. crisis. But the reality is that he careened from curb to curb. First, he ignored COVID. And then he went into full economic shutdown mode. He was the one who said 10 to 14 days of shutdown would fix this. And that was always wrong. I mean, and so I don’t think the way he’s lead through COVID has been reasonable or responsible, or right.
I’ve spent lots of the of the last year on a campaign bus, and when you listen to Nebraskans, they don’t really want more rage tweeting as a new form of entertainment. I think the overwhelming reason that President Trump won in 2016 was simply because Hillary Clinton was literally the most unpopular candidate in the history of polling.
If young people become permanent Democrats because they’ve just been repulsed by the obsessive nature of our politics, or if women who were willing to still vote with the Republican Party in 2016 decide that they need to turn away from this party permanently in the future, the debate is not going to be ‘Ben Sasse, why were you so mean to Donald Trump?’ It’s going to be, ‘What the heck were any of us thinking that selling a TV-obsessed, narcissistic individual to the American people was a good idea?’ It is not a good idea. I think we are staring down the barrel of a blue tsunami.
Please just stop. This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office. Ben Sasse on Donald Trump’s Tweeting, June 29, 2017
THE UNITED STATES TOOK A LOSS TODAY WHEN WE BACKED AWAY FROM OUR LONG-STANDING COMMITMENT OF PRINCIPLED AMERICAN LEADERSHIP. AND FRANKLY, WE WALKED AWAY FROM BASIC REALITY.
TODAY THE PRESS ASKED THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO HE BELIEVED ON THE SUBJECT OF RUSSIAN INFORMATION OPERATIONS IN THE US IN 2016. DID HE BELIEVE IN THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE OR DID HE BELIEVE IN VLADIMIR PUTIN, A MEMBER OF THE RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, A THUG TURNED RUSSIAN DESPOT. THE CHOICE HERE WAS BETWEEN PEOPLE RISKING THEIR LIVES ON BEHALF OF OUR FREEDOM AND PEOPLE WHO GO AROUND THE WORLD TAKING PEOPLE’S LIVES TO LIMIT FREEDOM.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, HOW DID HE ANSWER? HE ANSWERED THAT HE “DIDN’T SEE ANY REASON” WHY PUTIN WOULD HAVE INTERFERED IN THE U.S. ELECTION.
MAKE NO MISTAKE, PUTIN HAS A REASON. THE REASON IS CLEAR TO ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WATCHING GROWING RUSSIAN AUTHORITARIANISM IN RECENT YEARS. PUTIN WANTS TO WEAKEN THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. PUTIN WANTS TO MAKE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT ISN’T ANY DIFFERENT THAN HIS THUGOCRACY. PUTIN WANTS TO DESTROY NATO, WHICH ISN’T JUST AN ALLIANCE, IT’S ARGUABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT MILITARY ALLIANCE IN TWO MILLENNIA. PUTIN WANTS TO UNDERMINE CONFIDENCE IN SELF-GOVERNMENT, NOT ONLY IN THIS COUNTRY BUT AROUND THE WORLD. AND THAT’S WHY PUTIN, A SOVIET STYLED DICTATOR, WHO THINKS LOTS MORE ABOUT US ELECTIONS THAN HE DOES HIS OWN SHAM ELECTIONS ATTACKED THE US IN 2016.