Senator Sasse slammed President Donald Trump in a townhall meeting with constituents last week. He accused POTUS of mishandling the pandemic, mistreating women, and catering to dictators.
"I'm not at all apologetic for having fought for my values against his in places where I think his are deficient, not just for a Republican but for an American," Sasse declared.
"The way he kisses dictators' butts, I mean, the way he ignores that the Uighurs are in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang right now. He hasn't lifted a finger on behalf of the Hong-Kongers," he continued.
According to James Wegmann, Sasse's communications director, the call was from one of the senator's "regular telephone town halls with Nebraska voters."
— James Wegmann (@jameswegmann) October 15, 2020
Sasse's tirade against Trump came as a response to a constituent asking why he has criticized the president so much.
Calling it a "fair question," Sasse began his answer rather evenly, saying he has worked hard to "develop a good working relationship with the president over the last three and a half years" and that he often prays for Trump and Vice President Pence.
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He then spent the next full eight minutes offering up the harshest rebuke of the president by a sitting senator in Trump's own party.
Sasse said Trump not only "fails to lead our allies" but that the United States "now regularly sells out our allies under [Trump's] leadership."
"The way he treats women and spends like a drunken sailor. The ways that I criticized President Obama for that kind of spending, I've criticized President Trump for as well. He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors. His family has treated the presidency like a business opportunity. He's flirted with white supremacists," said Sasse.
He then accused Trump of treating the coronavirus pandemic as a "PR crisis rather than a multiyear public health challenge."
"I don't think the way he's led through COVID has been reasonable or responsible or right," he added.
"I'm now looking at the possibility of a Republican bloodbath in the Senate, and that's why I've never been on the Trump train. 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," Sasse concluded.
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