Senator Sasse's remarks can be heard in a recording of a phone call with constituents published by the Washington Examiner. "I think we are staring down the barrel of a blue tsunami and we've got to hold the Senate and that's what I'm focused on".
Trump called Sasse a "RINO" - Republican in Name Only - and suggested he was getting ready to quit - or else should be replaced by the party in his state. After years of tolerating the president's Twitter bullying and disregard for party orthodoxy and basic American norms, their patience appears to be wearing thin.
Sasse also voted to acquit in Trump's impeachment trial early this year. "When we disagree, I'll tell Nebraskans what I believe".
On the call, Sasse was responding to a constituent who asked him' Why do you have to criticize [Trump] so much?'
Sasse, a former university president with a doctorate in American history from Yale who styles himself as a principled conservative, has never made a secret of his distaste for Trump. "It's why I didn't agree to serve on his reelection committee and that's why I'm not campaigning for him because I spend all my time thinking about the one political question that's most central next month, which is holding the U.S. Senate".
Democratic candidates in nine hotly contested Senate races amassed more than $240 million in contributions during that period, leaving their Republican opponents far behind in fundraising. And, he added, he understood that some Nebraska voters were "frustrated" with his criticisms of the president.
While Sasse has periodically critiqued the President and has said he didn't support Trump's presidential bid in 2016, he's been a reliable vote for Trump administration nominees and GOP policies.
"The reality is that he careened from curb to curb". I mean, and so I don't think the way he's lead through COVID has been reasonable or responsible, or right'.
The "deficiencies" added up from there. Sasse's response initially talked about common ground he shared with Trump, but he soon started slamming him, saying Trump badmouths evangelicals when they're not around, has botched the COVID-19 response, treats women badly, "kisses dictators' butts", throws around money like "a drunken sailor", "sells out our allies", and has "flirted with white supremacists". I mean, the way he ignores that the Uyghurs are in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang right now. "He hasn't lifted a finger on behalf of the Hong-Kongers", Sasse said. He mocks Evangelicals behind closed doors. He also criticized Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and said Trump's family has treated the presidency "like a business opportunity". 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.
Young people, he said, could "become permanent Democrats because they've just been repulsed by the obsessive nature of our politics".