Trump calls Sen. Ben Sasse ‘an embarrassment’ to Nebraska

By | October 17, 2020

Sen. Ben Sasse speaks Monday during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump returned fire Saturday with his own harsh assessment of Sen. Ben Sasse, after the Nebraska Republican delivered a scathing critique of the president during a Wednesday telephone town hall.

In his Saturday reply on Twitter, Trump referred to Sasse by the acronym used for a Republican In Name Only.

“The least effective of our 53 Republican Senators, and a person who truly doesn’t have what it takes to be great, is Little Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a State which I have gladly done so much to help,” Trump Tweeted. “@SenSasse was as nice as a RINO can be until he recently won the Republican . . . Nomination to run for a second term. Then he went back to his rather stupid and obnoxious ways. 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. Other than that, he’s just a wonderful guy!”

The Washington Examiner obtained an audio clip from the telephone town hall with Nebraskans in which Sasse was asked about his willingness to criticize the president.

Sasse initially referred to judicial nominations and other areas where he agrees with Trump. But then he got on a roll about aspects of the president that he described as woefully deficient — not just for a Republican, but for an American.

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