Sunday, July 21, 2024

County GOPs in Nebraska Censure Sen. Ben Sasse

'Sasse says he’s just here to defend the Constitution, but...people are trampling on the Constitution all the time...'

Yet another Nebraska county’s Republican Party voted to censure Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., for “dismissing the legitimate concerns” about voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election and blaming former President Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 Capitol siege.

Sasse has ignored Nebraska’s Secretary of State, attorney general, and “a huge number of Republican voters” by insisting the 2020 presidential election was not affected by widespread voter fraud, Lincoln County’s censure resolution says, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

It also says Sasse issued “statements inciting radical proposals and retributions against law-abiding elected Senators,” which is a reference to Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., whom Sasse criticized for objecting to the Electoral College certification.

Sasse also failed “to respect the high office of the President of the United States,” the resolution says.

This is the fourth Nebraska county to pass a censure resolution against Sasse.

The Nebraska Republican Party’s State Central Committee is also reportedly considering censuring Sasse during its next meeting on Feb. 13.

Responding to the criticism levied against him, Sasse said his comments about Trump were part of keeping his promise to “put the Constitution ahead of party politics.”

“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 said in a video he released last week. “You are welcome to censure me again, but let’s be clear about why this is happening. It’s because I still believe, as you used to, that politics isn’t about the weird worship of one dude. The party could purge Trump skeptics. But I’d like to convince you that not only is that civic cancer for the nation, it’s just terrible for our party.”

However, Sarpy County Republicans said they’re tired of Sasse choosing to fight against Trump instead of fighting for Republican values.

“Sasse says he’s just here to defend the Constitution, but Sarpy Republicans feel like people are trampling on the Constitution all the time,” Robert Anthony, who voted for Sarpy County’s censure of Sasse, said.

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