Donald Trump has celebrated the news that Nebraska “lightweight” Republican Ben Sasse is set to resign from the Senate.
Reports surfaced Thursday that Sasse, an outspoken “Never Trumper,” was set to step down from his seat by the end of the year and would accept a position as president of the University of Florida.
Sasse shared a post that listed him as a “finalist” for the college position.
He wrote that he is “excited to be in conversation with the leaders of this special community about how we might together build a vision for UF to be the most dynamic, bold, and forward-looking university in the world.” future of the country”.
The University named him the sole finalist, citing his “intellectual curiosity” and his abilities as a “gifted civil servant”.
News: Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse plans to resign from the Senate by the end of the year to serve as president of the University of Florida, according to a source familiar with the proceedings.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 6, 2022
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Trump happy to hear that Ben Sasse will resign
Former President Donald Trump took to his Truth social media platform to celebrate the “good news” that Senator Ben Sasse was set to step down.
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Predictably, he added some funny nicknames and slurs to his celebratory post.
“Great news for the United States Senate and our country itself,” Trump wrote. “Liddle’ Ben Sasse, the lightweight senator for the great state of Nebraska, will step down.”
He went on to say that he was looking forward to working with a true Republican, who in his mind isn’t weak enough to give in to the impeachment circus trials of Democrats.
“We have enough weak and ineffective RINOs among us,” trump said. “I look forward to working with the awesome Republican Party of Nebraska to have a REAL senator representing the amazing people of this state, not another fake RINO!”
Nobody with a working brain believes that Ben Sasse leaving the Senate early with his tail between his legs somehow hurts Trump. If anything, it shows there is no future in the GOP for the judgmental, inactive rumbles whose entire identity hates Trump. https://t.co/hI9gFH4sqD
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 7, 2022
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Voted to impeach
Trump’s anger, as is often the case, stems from the fact that Sasse was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict the former president after the House of Representatives impeached him for his alleged role in the January 6 Capitol riot.
Sasse argued that by telling protesters to peacefully raise their voices, Trump had “disregarded his oath of office.”
Explaining his impeachment vote, the Nebraska Republican claimed Trump’s words in denying the election results “carried consequences” and brought the country “dangerously close to a bloody constitutional crisis.”
But Sasse had already walked the path of Never Trumper by then.
Prior to the October 2020 Capitol Riot, leaked audio from Sasse absolutely excoriated then-President Trump for allegedly selling out America’s allies and ‘flirting’ with white supremacists.
“America now routinely sells out our allies under his leadership, the way he treats women, spends like a drunken sailor,” he said when a voter asked why he was so critical of Trump.
In an audio call to his constituents, GOP Senator Ben Sasse sharply criticized President Trump on a range of issues and said the president “kisses dictators’ buttocks” and has “flirted with white supremacists.” CNN @jaketapper and @mkraju discuss https://t.co/tbeUatHcvx pic.twitter.com/dEfsc35an6
— The CNN Lead (@TheLeadCNN) October 15, 2020
“The way I criticize President Obama for this kind of spending, I also criticized President Trump,” Sasse added before listing several reasons why he deserves contempt.
“He mocks evangelicals behind closed doors. His family treated the presidency as a business opportunity. He flirted with white supremacists,” he said.
The comments were almost indistinguishable from even the most vehemently anti-Trump Democrats.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, will now be tasked with appointing a temporary replacement for the Senate seat left over from Ben Sasse’s resignation.
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