WATCH: Ben Sasse Tells GOP, Your Trump Worship Is Weird
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) has been censured by his state’s GOP. In a video response, he says that it’s time for the party to realize that politics isn’t about the “weird worship of one dude.”
Newsweek reported yesterday that the Nebraska Republican Party had made a decision to censure Senator Sasse for vocally supporting the impeachment of Donald Trump after his supporters listened to speeches from Trump and others, then marched down to the Capitol Building — at Trump’s direction — where they then breached barriers, entered the building, and carried out an attack on democracy and the people elected to uphold it.
Sasse has responded in a video statement, as seen above. He says that when he promised to put Constitutional values over party politics, in a 2014 speech, he was cheered.
“But many of the same party officials who applauded in ’14 cussed me out in ’16 when I refused to vote for Candidate Trump, and again when I declined to serve on his re-election committee in ’19, and again when I didn’t vote for him in ’20. Now many of you are hacked off that I condemned his lies that led to a riot.”
Sasse says that their anger isn’t actually about his values, but his refusal to “bend the knee” to Trump. He tells the party that what they’re doing is not conservative.
“Personality cults aren’t conservative. Conspiracy theories aren’t conservative. Lying that an election has been stolen? it’s not conservative. Acting like politics is a religion? It isn’t conservative.”
Sasse has consistently been critical of Trump, and more specifically of Trump-worship, and repeatedly stood against most of his party’s leadership with regard to Trump’s efforts to overturn the election.