Ben Sasse is at it again

Ben Sasse criticized Donald Trump the other day. He did in private. But don’t expect him to do much about it.

Let’s remember:

Ben Sasse refused to meet with Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in 2016

In June 2017, Ben Mathis-Lilley of Slate wondered why Sasse would not act on his ideas for “saving American politics.”

In September 2017, Sasse criticized NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.

Sasse defended Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.

In March 2019, Sasse said that Trump’s declaration of a national emergency for the purpose of funding his border wall was an overreach of executive power, but still voted for the declaration.

Sasse said Trump’s controversial Ukraine phone call was “inappropriate,” but did not believe the impeached president should be removed from office.

Ben Sasse gave a really strange commencement address in May 2020.

Sasse votes with Trump nearly 87% of the time.

Here is Colby Itkowitz at The Washington Post:

Sen. Ben Sasse eviscerated President Trump during a phone call with constituents in which the Nebraska Republican accused the president of cozying up to dictators, mistreating women, flirting with white supremacists and irresponsibly handling the coronavirus pandemic.

Sasse’s comments were disclosed by the Washington Examiner, which obtained an audio recording of the call, a campaign telephone townhall with Nebraska voters. Sasse’s spokesman verified that the reporting was accurate, but declined to answer more specific questions such as when the call happened.

During the call, a woman asked Sasse why he’s so hard on the president. The senator has been among the Republican lawmakers willing to criticize the president from time to time, but has mostly supported him and his policies.

But in the call, Sasse unleashed a torrent of criticisms at Trump.

Read the rest here.