Sasse Rips State GOP Committee For Plans To Censure Him For Condemning Trump’s ‘Lies’

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 18: Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., listens as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Full committee hearing on "Oversight of the U.S. Department of ... UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 18: Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., listens as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Full committee hearing on "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice" on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) MORE LESS
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Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) on Thursday released a video directed at leaders of the Nebraska Republican Party over reports that the party planned to censure him for his criticism of former President Donald Trump.

Sasse is among the few GOP senators who have supported moving forward with Trump’s impeachment trial after the former president incited a deadly riot on the Capitol last month.

The Nebraska Republican Party’s State Central Committee has drafted a resolution for censure to be formalized on Feb. 13, citing more than a dozen complaints against Sasse according to a draft copy of the two-page document obtained by News Channel Nebraska. Chief among them, was Sasse’s backing of Trump’s impeachment trial.

In the video Thursday first reported by the Washington Post, Sasse said he wouldn’t try to convince the committee leaders not to censure him, acknowledging a past streak of angering the party for refusing to back Trump’s election efforts.

“Now, many of you are hacked off that I condemned his lies that led to a riot,” Sasse said. “Let’s be clear: The anger in this state party has never been about me violating principle or abandoning conservative policy. I’m one of the most conservative voters in the Senate. The anger has always been simply about me not bending the knee to one guy.”

Among its gripes about Sasse’s behavior, the committee cited the senator’s  persistent “public acts of ridicule and calumny” against Trump.

The resolution draft also refers to Sasse’s history of “questioning the president’s agenda, decisions, motives, and competency” in addition to having “show contempt” for the ex-president while  also making “disparaging remarks towards the Trump family.”

Sasse showed no signs of backing down, however, in his video which clearly identified Trump as the key instigator of the riot — pointing at how Trump’s lies about the election catapulted a mob of the former president’s supporters to storm the Capitol.

“He lied about the election results for 60 days, despite losing 60 straight court challenges — many handed down by wonderful Trump-appointed judges. He lied by saying that the vice president could violate his constitutional oath and just declare a new winner. He then riled a mob that attacked the Capitol,” he said.

Sasse also criticized committee leaders for affording Trump a pass because he is a Republican.

“If that president were a Democrat, we both know how you’d respond. But, because he had ‘Republican’ behind his name, you’re defending him,” Sasse said. 

Sasse is just one of growing group of Republicans who are facing punishments from their local GOP for breaking with their party in speaking out on the validity of Trump’s forthcoming trial and impeachment for his role in last month’s insurrection.

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  1. These ‘state’ committees are beyond the pale. They ‘censure’ people for telling the TRUTH, which they KNOW is the truth because of their deity TRUMP. I am sure there are OTHER things to do and perhaps ‘good’ members should all resign to show their disgust of petty revenge acts.

  2. Avatar for marknc marknc says:

    Well Ben - you are on board for Republican rotten 99.9% of the time. Why does it bother you NOW?

    Oh right - it is directed at YOU.

    But that said - you should be commended for breaking programming to do something decent and vote for accountability in the case of a president fomenting an attack on the U. S. Capital based on unending lying.

  3. I appreciate the fact that Sasse is able to make a distinction between being a member of a political party that supports actual conservative views as opposed to being a member of a cult of personality dedicated to the worship of a corrupted, mendacious, authoritarian bully.

    Too bad the former GOP is now the fascist GQP. Perhaps you should reconsider your political allegiance, Ben.

  4. Avatar for Punchy Punchy says:

    The anger has always been simply about me not bending the knee to one guy.”

    And yet, this is the only gesture the current GOP cares about. He could have voted to allow non-aborted 1st graders to bring guns to school while singing Christian hymns and eating tax-free candy, but because he once said Trump was fat, he’s now the pariah.

    Nice party ya got there, Benny.

  5. We’re past the point where the reactionaries’ party should rip itself in two. While it would be the best way to hurry the Drumpfists off into obscurity, it would also mean a lot of office holders would soon become unemployed. It’s for that reason – that they don’t have the voters to support even one viable party between them – that they’re unlikely to divide.

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