Washington – President Donald Trump on Saturday called Republican Senator Ben Sasse “a danger to the Republican Party and an embarrassment” to his state of Nebraska.
The president responded by Twitter to Sasse, who told his voters in a telephone assembly Wednesday that Trump “flirts with white supremacists,” taunts evangelical Christians in private and “kisses dictators on the butt.”
Sasse, who is running for re-election in a solidly Republican state, appears as a possible presidential candidate in 2024. In the assembly he criticized Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and said his family treats the presidency “as an opportunity to make business”.
…. 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
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2020
Trump tweeted that Sasse is “the least effective of our 53 Republican senators and a person who truly doesn’t have what it takes for greatness.”
Trump’s tirade continued throughout the day. He compared Sasse to former Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona, who left the Senate having bad relations with the president. He hinted that Republicans should find “a new and more viable candidate.”
Trump won Nebraska by 25 percentage points in 2016.