One Republican senator’s days may be numbered.
President Donald Trump had some harsh words for Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) on Saturday.
Sasse starts it
Before we get to what the president had to say, let’s look at what led to the president’s remarks. On Saturday, reports emerged that Sasse, in a phone call with constituents, tore into President Trump.
“What the heck were any of us thinking that selling a TV-obsessed narcissistic individual to the American people was a good idea? It is not a good idea,” Sasse said, obviously referring to President Trump. “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.”
This came after one of Sasse’s constituents asked him why it is that he criticizes President Trump so much, the Washington Examiner reported. This led to a long rant against the president.
In addition to the above, Sasse reportedly claimed that Trump “mocks evangelicals behind closed doors,” that he mistreats women, that he “flirted with white supremacists,” that he “kisses dictators’ butts,” that he “sells out our allies,” that he “spends like a drunken sailor.” Sasse went on and on and on for almost nine minutes.
Trump finishes it
President Trump returned the favor on Saturday.
“Senator Little Ben Sasse of the Great State of Nebraska seems to be heading down the same inglorious path as former Senators Liddle’ Bob Corker, whose approval rating in Tennessee went from 55% to 4%, & Jeff “the Flake” Flake, whose approval rating in Arizona went from 56% to….” Trump tweeted.
The president continued: “….practically nothing. Both Senators became totally unelectable, couldn’t come even close to winning their primaries, and decided to drop out of politics and gracefully “RETIRE”. @SenSasse could be next, or perhaps the Republicans should find a new and more viable candidate?”
Trump called Sasse a “liability to the Republican Party and an embarrassment to the Great State of Nebraska.” He said that Sasse is the “least effective” Republican senator who “truly doesn’t have what it takes to be great.”
A spokesperson for Sasse, following the president’s tweets, said that “Ben is focused on defending the Republican Senate majority, and he’s not going to waste a single minute on tweets.”
We’re not sure what world Sasse is living in — apparently some world in which bad-mouthing President Trump is defending the Republican majority. However, in this world, the real world, that’s actually how Republicans lose.