Very few Americans are surprised at Donald Trump’s reaction after losing the 2020 election. What has been a surprise to many, however, is the refusal of many Republican lawmakers to speak out. That began to change slightly on Thursday after a bonkers press conference conducted by Trump’s lawyers.
During a radio interview with Fox’s Guy Benson, Iowa senator Joni Ernst ripped into the performance on Sidney Powell. And on Thursday evening, Nebraska senator Ben Sasse released a statement ripping into both Trump and his legal team.
Sasse has long been willing to speak out against the president. He, along with Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins were the only Republican senators to publicly congratulation president elect Joe Biden.
In a statement, Sasse explained:
“Here is what I am telling Nebraskans who ask me how to make sense of all the different election fraud claims: What matters most at this stage is not the latest press conference of tweet, but what the President’s lawyers are actually saying in court. And based on what I’ve read in their filings, when Trump campaign lawyers have stood before courts under oath, they have repeatedly refused to actually allege grand fraud – because there are legal consequences for lying to judges. President Trump lost Michigan by more than 100,000 votes, and the campaign and its allies have lost in or withdrawn from all 5 lawsuits in Michigan for being unable to produce any evidence. Wild press conferences erode public trust. So no, obviously, Rudy and his buddies should not pressure electors to ignore their certification obligations under the statute. We are nation of laws, not tweets.”
Here’s a statement on the Giuliani presser today from @BenSasse, who somehow is still somewhat alone — with a few exceptions — in the GOP in speaking out honestly and forthrightly about what’s happening. pic.twitter.com/E1wKzyY8ON
— Jon Ward (@jonward11) November 20, 2020
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.