Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse wrote an open letter on Medium
decrying the dishonesty of the presumptive nominees of both parties and calling for a reexamination of the reasons for voting.
"Ask yourself: Why are these two the most unpopular candidates in the history of presidential polling? Because they are not honest. And everyone knows it. They do not embody the best of America," the freshman Republican says.
"Sadly, I do not regard either of them as worthy of our trust," he says about whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton could be relied upon to "protect and defend the Constitution."
"I think one of them does not even know what the Constitution is about, and the other doesn't care," he says, without naming either presumptive presidential nominee.
Sasse, who has opposed Trump for months, noted that he "was elected less than two years ago over the strong objections of the Washington establishment."
In February, Sasse took to Twitter in a rapid-fire series of tweets, at one point waxing philosophical: "The presidency is not our national embodiment of Nietzschean Will," according to CNN
In his opposition to Trump, Sasse is vocally disagreeing with his party constituents in the Cornhusker State, 61 percent of whom voted for Trump in the May primary.
"He's carrying on like a professor, telling the world how things should be," Republican Bob Krist, a Nebraska state senator, told The Washington Post
last month. "Either get out in front and lead, or be part of the process that you have been elected to be a part of."
On Medium, Sasse explains why he can't simply choose the lesser of two evils, which he calls "strategic voting," and calls himself a "conscience voter."
"To us, the act of voting is also a civic duty that tells people what we think America means, what we want to teach our kids about moral leadership, what face we want America to present to the world, and what sort of candidates we want more of in coming years."
Sasse doesn't deny that Washington needs change, just that he believes Trump isn't the right person to bring it, and neither is Clinton.
"Sadly, they both appear to be willfully dishonest," Sasse writes. "It's one thing to elect someone who ends up lying to us after the fact. (That's terrible.) But it's another thing entirely to conclude in advance that they are both liars, and simply shrug and elect them anyway.
"That does something to the national soul that tears at the fabric of who we are."
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