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Politics Trump blasts Sasse on Twitter over critical comments

23:25  17 october  2020
23:25  17 october  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

GOP Sen. Ben Sasse Says Trump Mistreats Women and Flirts With White Supremacists in Audio Recording

  GOP Sen. Ben Sasse Says Trump Mistreats Women and Flirts With White Supremacists in Audio Recording The Nebraska senator was responding to a question about why he frequently criticizes President Donald Trump.The comments that Sasse made were part of a nine-minute response the Republican senator gave when asked about his relationship with and criticism of Trump. According to the magazine, the audio was taken from a private call between Sasse and some of his constituents.

President Donald Trump blasted Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse on Twitter on Saturday after audio was released by the Washington Examiner of Sasse criticizing the president to constituents.

Ben Sasse wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table: Sen. Ben Sasse speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Oct. 14, 2020. © Hilary Swift/AP Sen. Ben Sasse speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Oct. 14, 2020. Ben Sasse wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Ben Sasse speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Oct. 14, 2020. © Hilary Swift/AP Sen. Ben Sasse speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Oct. 14, 2020.

Trump called Sasse a "liability to the Republican Party and an embarrassment to the Great State of Nebraska" as well as the "least effective" Republican senator who "truly doesn’t have what it takes to be great" in a series of tweets Saturday morning. The president also suggested that the Republican party "should find a new and more viable candidate."

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The president’s rebuke came after Sasse said that the president “flirted” with white supremacists and “kisses dictators’ butts” in a phone call with constituents this week. Sasse also warned that Trump was damaging to the Republican party and voiced concern that if the president loses the election, he’ll take the Senate with him.

“Ben said the same thing to Nebraskans that he has repeatedly said to the president directly in the Oval Office. Ben is focused on defending the Republican Senate majority, and he's not going to waste a single minute on tweets," Sasse spokesman James Wegmann said in a statement Saturday morning.

Ben Sasse: Republican senator unloads on Trump in constituent call, saying 'he mocks evangelicals' and has 'flirted with White supremacists'

  Ben Sasse: Republican senator unloads on Trump in constituent call, saying 'he mocks evangelicals' and has 'flirted with White supremacists' Republican Sen. Ben Sasse criticized President Donald Trump earlier this week during a private phone call with constituents, saying a number of unflattering things about the President, including that he's "flirted with White supremacists" and "kisses dictators' butts," his office confirmed to CNN.Republican Sen. Ben Sasse criticized President Donald Trump earlier this week during a private phone call with constituents, saying a number of unflattering things about the President, including that he's "flirted with White supremacists" and "kisses dictators' butts," his office confirmed to CNN.

The president also referred to Sasse as "Little Ben" and compared Sasse to former Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, both of whom criticized the president and decided not to run for reelection. The president suggested that Sasse, like Corker and Flake, could be the next "totally unelectable" legislator and retire from politics.

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Sasse is up for reelection and is running against Democratic opponent Chris Janicek, who has faced criticism and calls to drop out after he sent sexually vulgar texts to a campaign staffer.

ABC News' Elizabeth Thomas and Ben Siegel contributed to this report.

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The Nebraska lawmaker warned the president will hand the Senate to Democrats if he loses in November.During a telephone town hall, a constituent asked Sasse about his relationship with the president and why he has to criticize him so much, according to an audio clip that was first obtained by The Washington Examiner and has been posted on Youtube.

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