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Sen. Sasse Hits Back on Trump Flap

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Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., 2014 (AP) 

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 09:46 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Sen. Ben Sasse has come under strong attack from fellow Republicans for taking a stand against supporting Donald Trump. Perhaps the most intense fire at the maverick freshman came from his home state of Nebraska.

At their state convention over the weekend, Cornhusker State Republicans resoundingly (400-to-8) passed a resolution condemning Sasse’s call for a third-party candidate. Then, as if to demonstrate their hearts are with the presumptive Republican nominee rather than their own senator, the delegates rejected a motion condemning Trump’s “degrading” comments toward women and minorities.

On Monday night, Sasse hit back. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute, he told reporters: “I don’t really spend any time on short-term issues like a resolution at one convention meeting, because the people who are at that are not necessarily representative of what most Americans think and what most Nebraskans think.”

Sasse went on to say that the Republican Party “is largely suffering from a declining customer base, because root, sort of core Republican voters are dying.”

With four years to go before his term expires, the onetime Bush administration official and transition team head for Mitt Romney in 2012 clearly has a long time to heal any damage done by his stand against Trump. For now, however, it is clear the grass-roots party activists are not happy with Sasse.

“Look, I supported Ted Cruz and I didn’t really like Donald Trump much,” said Lee Terry, former Omaha TV anchorman, U.S. House nominee, and father of former Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., “But stopping Hillary Clinton, who is just as much a socialist as Bernie Sanders, means you have to choose between the lesser of two evils. I wish Ben Sasse would realize this.”

“He is forgetting that we who supported a different candidate in his [2014] primary came forward immediately and unified behind him,” former Omaha Mayor and onetime Rep. Hal Daub told me, “How would he have felt, in his first race, if I or his vanquished opponents had indicated during the primary ‘#Never Sasse?’”

Daub went on to say that Sasse’s conduct, and that of former [Nebraska] Gov. Kay Orr, Mitt Romney, and others forget that especially in a presidential election cycle, the down-ballot cross currents are critical, and these elites' conduct and comments, when pursued so vociferously and aggressively, can really do damage.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.



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