“Politics is not about the strange veneration of a man,” said Sasse. “The party can cleanse Trump skeptics. But I want to convince you that this civic cancer is terrible not only for the nation but also for our party. “
A handful of notable Republicans have witnessed screams from their home states following Trump’s impeachment. The Arizona Republican Party voted to blame Cindy McCain, Senator John McCain’s widow, and former Senator Jeff Flake after both criticized Trump. Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the house, has in Wyoming facing a setback after she voted to indict Trump for inciting the Capitol riot and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) even went to her home state to fight her in front of more than 800 people.
In his video statement, Sasse posed as a loyal conservative and distinguished between his voters and members of the state central committee. He said very few voters in Nebraska are “as angry with life as some of the people on this committee”.
“Political addicts don’t represent most of the conservatives in Nebraska,” Sasse said.
The Senator added that his post-riot criticism of Trump was in line with his previous actions against Trump, including refusing to vote for him in 2016 and 2020. He also said that the party’s anger against him was not about his ideology, but that it was one of the most conservative members of the Senate. Rather, he said his party was dissatisfied that he hadn’t bent his knee to Trump.
Sasse also used the video to reiterate his disdain for Trump’s behavior between election day and his departure from office, when Trump continually made false claims that the election had been stolen from him. Sasse said the Capitol riot “happened because the president lied to you” and because Trump “upset a mob that attacked the Capitol – many are singing” hang pence “.”
“If this president were a Democrat, we both know how you would react,” said Sasse. “But because he had Republicans behind his name, you defend him.”
The censure movement isn’t the only one Sasse faces in the state. Scotts Bluff County’s GOP announced Wednesday that it would reprimand Sasse and wrote an open letter deciphering the Senator after its members were unable to contact him. according to The Scotts Bluff Star Herald.
Scotts Bluff County Party Chairman Kolene Woodward told Star Herald, “We’re terribly frustrated that he is simply ignoring us. So we thought that if we wrote an open letter, maybe someone on his staff would read it and let him know. We tabled a resolution for our state Central Committee meeting next weekend at the county level to reprimand him. “