Senator Ben Sasse lashed out at President Donald Trump on Monday, defending his opposition to the president's use of executive orders over the weekend, which pertained to payroll taxes and the coronavirus pandemic. Trump called the GOP senator out for his criticism, referring to Sasse as a RINO.
"RINO Ben Sasse, who needed my support and endorsement in order to get the Republican nomination for Senate from the GREAT State of Nebraska, has, now that he’s got it (Thank you President T), gone rogue, again," Trump tweeted. "This foolishness plays right into the hands of the Radical Left Dems!"
RINO Ben Sasse, who needed my support and endorsement in order to get the Republican nomination for Senate from the GREAT State of Nebraska, has, now that he’s got it (Thank you President T), gone rogue, again. This foolishness plays right into the hands of the Radical Left Dems!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
Sasse responded in a note on Twitter: "On the topic that had you mad this weekend: No president — whether named Obama or Trump or Biden or AOC — has unilateral power to rewrite immigration law or to cut taxes or to raise taxes. This is because America doesn't have kings.
He accused Trump's orders of being "unconstitutional slop."
"President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law," Sasse said.
"I understand you've been frustrated that I didn't join your re-election committee & that I ran a primary ad admitting to Nebraskans that we sometimes agree and sometimes disagree. You also know I never asked for your endorsement nor did I use it in the campaign," he wrote.
I understand that you’re mad. A few thoughts....
⁰⁰(1) As we’ve discussed before, I don’t think Twitter is the best place to do this. But, since you moved our conversation from private to public, here we are.
— Team Sasse (@TeamSasse) August 10, 2020