Slamming Donald Trump, GOP Senator warns of a 'Republican bloodbath'

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

"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", Sasse said. By Saturday morning, it had caught the attention of the president, who roared back in a pair of tweets.

Sasse has primarily stood with Republican colleagues who have largely avoided publicly challenging President Trump since he took office - a trend that's changed in recent weeks as a Republican defeat for the White House seems increasingly likely.

Trump noted that Sasse paused his criticism of the president during the Republican primary in Nebraska until he got Trump's endorsement.

In a dire, nine-minute indictment of Trump's foreign policy and what Sasse called his "deficient" values, the senator said the president had mistreated women and alienated important allies around the globe, been a profligate spender, ignored human rights and treated the pandemic like a "PR crisis".

The Washington Examiner reported Thursday that Mr. Sasse unloaded on Mr. Trump during a telephone town hall with voters on Wednesday, criticizing him for ignoring the coronavirus early on, kissing "dictators' butts", and mocking "evangelicals behind closed doors".

Real Clear Politics lists Sasse's district as 'safe GOP, ' and Sasse won in 2014 by 33 points. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., on Saturday, calling him "stupid and obnoxious" after he lambasted the president for his coronavirus response and accused him of being friendly with dictators and white supremacists.

'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", he added in a second venomous tweet about the GOP senator. Other than that, he's just a wonderful guy!'

The harsh words elicited little response from Sasse, whose spokesman told USA Today the Senator, who is seeking a second term in the US Senate, is "not going to waste a single minute on tweets".

"Both Senators became totally unelectable, couldn't come even close to winning their primaries, and made a decision to drop out of politics and gracefully "RETIRE", Trump tweeted".

Trump's Twitter rant against Sasse continued throughout the day.

In his comments to constituents last Wednesday, Sasse bluntly voiced that concern.

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.

"Sen Sasse could be next, or perhaps the Republicans should find a new and more viable candidate?" he asked.

Republicans are also concerned Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's lead in national and battleground state polling could be a drag on Senate races Republicans will need to win to retain control of the chamber, including in Georgia and Arizona.

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