GOP Sen. Sasse: Trump 'Flirted With White Supremacists,' 'Kisses Dictators' Butts'

Henrietta Brewer
October 17, 2020

'I'm anxious that if president Trump loses, as looks likely, he's going to take the Senate down with him, ' Sasse said on the recorded call. The New York Times reported that Sasse is among other Republicans who are concerned that Trump could lose reelection and take the party down with him. Sasse spokesperson James Wegmann said the call occurred Wednesday.

Trump continued to attack Sasse with more tweets Saturday afternoon, warning that the Nebraskan was on an "inglorious path" and suggesting that Republican voters "perhaps" give him the boot. "And then he went into full economic shutdown mode", Sasse said. The ways I criticized President [Barack] Obama for that kind of spending I've criticized President Trump for as well. You know, Ben Sasse has been a critic of Donald Trump.

Sasse responds at length, beginning with a defense of Trump over COVID-19, saying it's unfair that the media blames the president for the pandemic. Sasse's critique played out after someone on the call asked the senator about his previous criticisms of Trump.

Trump carried Nebraska by 25 percentage points in the 2016 election.

Sasse, 48, began by saying that he had worked hard to develop a "working relationship" with Trump, and even prayed for the president because he is one of "our leaders". He praised Trump's judicial appointments.

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The way he kisses dictators' butts....the way he treats women, spends like a drunken sailor.

"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".

Sasse, who is up for reelection on Nov. 3, went public with his concerns at a time when Republicans are increasingly anxious that Trump is careening toward a devastating loss in November's elections that could also cost them the Senate, handing Democrats, who already hold the House, unified control.

Trump "mocks evangelicals behind closed doors", he added. "For months, he treated it like a news cycle-by-news cycle PR crisis rather than a multi-year public health challenge, which is what it is".

However, Sasse admitted there are "a lot" of areas in which he and Trump differ.

"He talks a good game but generally falls into line with Trump at the drop of a hat", Swalwell said. He predicted that a loss by Trump on Election Day, less than three weeks away, "looks likely", and said that Republicans would face steep repercussions for having backed him so staunchly over four tumultuous years.

Nebraska Democrat Chris Janicek, who is taking on Sasse for the Senate seat on November 3, retweeted an account Thursday that characterized Sasse's vote to acquit as "feckless".

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