Earlier this week, Republican senator Ben Sasse held a call with his Nebraska constituents and used a good portion of his time to castigate Donald Trump. Attacking the president for alienating allies, disrespecting women, ignoring human rights abuses, kissing “dictators’ butts,” “flirt[ing] with white supremacists,” and approaching the pandemic like a “P.R. crisis,” Sasse predicted that Trump would not only lose on Election Day but that he would take the Senate down with him, according to audio initially obtained by the Washington Examiner. “We are staring down the barrel of a blue tsunami,” he told listeners, adding that post-November 3, the GOP would be asking itself, “What the heck were any of us thinking, that selling a TV-obsessed, narcissistic individual to the American people was a good idea?”
Obviously, everything Sasse said of the president is true. And based on his critique, you might have even gotten the impression that he was the lone member of the Republican Party to actually stand up to the president over the last four years, and not let him get away with, among other things, praising neo-Nazis, separating families, and attempting to extort another country to hurt his political rival. Of course, that’s not true at all.
While the senator from Nebraska has said negative things about the president in the past, he hasn’t really used his power to do anything. As Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin notes, Sasse, despite allegedly being so upset about Trump’s lack of leadership during the COVID-19 crisis, “has not publicly come to the defense of Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, in the face of Trump’s attacks,” nor has he “warned governors not to follow Trump’s recommendations on the pandemic,” or spoken out against the White House for flouting guidelines on masks and social distancing. While he criticized the president’s attacks on Christine Blasey Ford, he went on to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. This week, he lavished cringeworthy praise on Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, who he will no doubt happily vote to confirm as well. He voted for Trump’s tax cuts. He voted to declare a “national emergency” to divert funds to build the president’s moronic border wall. In total, he’s voted with Trump a whopping 86.7% of the time. His most important vote, in terms of exposing himself as a shameless hack who enjoys getting press for speaking out against the president and then falls in line, came earlier this year when first, he voted not to hear witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial and then voted to acquit.
Of course, by that time Sasse was well aware that the president was a power-abusing stain on society who’d made his passion for white supremacy, authoritarianism, and grabbing women by the genitals abundantly clear. And yet, given the opportunity to cast a vote to remove such an individual from office, he chose not to do so. So why the full-throated attacks now? Oh, right:
Mr. Sasse, who is up for re-election on Nov. 3, went public with his concerns at a time when Republicans are increasingly worried that Mr. Trump is careening toward a devastating loss in November’s elections that could also cost them the Senate, handing Democrats, who already hold the House, unified control.
“I’m now looking at the possibility of a Republican blood bath in the Senate, and that’s why I’ve never been on the Trump train,” he said. “It’s why I didn’t agree to be on his re-election committee, and it’s why I’m not campaigning for him.”
In other words, he’s a shameless opportunist who offers faux concern about the most dangerous president in history when he thinks it might help him and then proceeds to do nothing about it at all. Or as Representative Eric Swalwell put it:
Trump supporters recycle “lock her up” chant for Biden
The shouting for the Democratic nominee to go to prison came after Trump accused a family other than his own of being “corrupt”:
White House staffers worried voluntarily working for the worst person on earth might not be great for the ole résumé
Perhaps Monsanto or Neo-Nazis Inc. will have them:
Four years ago, some Republicans who said unsavory things during the campaign about the new president worried that such remarks might ruin their chances of redemption via employment in the Trump administration. Today, some of those same Republicans are now quietly on the job hunt as President Trump’s standing in the polls continues to slide against Democratic nominee Joe Biden with decision time in just 18 days. But now, these GOPers are hoping the Trump presidency isn’t a disqualifying blemish on their resumes or Google footprint as the door revolves the other way and they seek to land, once again, in the private sector.
Over a dozen Republican strategists, former Trump administration staffers, current Capitol Hill hands and associates close to the Trump White House predict that many graduates of the Trump administration could have a tough time sticking a landing in the private sector. They say Trump’s shaky standing in the campaign—and his pull on down-ballot races—is already making Republicans especially nervous.
“Quiet conversations in Gmail are more active now than would be expected a month before an election,” a senior Republican strategist told the Washington Post. “I have a buddy in the administration who is starting to quietly move his résumé around, and he’s noticed people who he thought would be quicker to respond to inquiries have been less so. He called it ‘the Trump stink. How much Trump stink is on my résumé right now?’”
All the best people!
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