“This is the party of Abraham Lincoln, this is not the party of David Duke/Donald Trump.”
On the eve of Super Tuesday, Sen. Ben Sasse is imploring voters to chose anyone but Trump.
Sen. Sasse joined Chuck Todd to discuss Trump’s candidacy Monday:
“Fundamentally, this party needs to return to its principles of believing in equality under the law and believing in the greatness of the potential of the American people. We believe in limited government, we don’t believe in a bigger Washington,” said Sen. Sasse.
Todd asked Sasse whether broad support for Trump was indicative of a new Republican party.
So, great question. And let’s start with this — Donald Trump has one definite skill, and he knows organizations that are ripe for the hostile takeover. And the Republican Party has been way too vacuous and not nearly clear enough about first principles for quite some time, so he’s trying to wage a hostile takeover of this party. He’s attacking all of the core tenets of the Republican party’s platform.
This guy believes in abortion on demand, this guy says that he hates the concept of guns, this guy’s been for single-payer health care, he’s for a $6 trillion tax increase. That’s not the Republican party. But right now, people are worried about future of the country, and Donald Trump is screaming the loudest.
The problem is at the end of the day, most people really want a choice that is about a constitutional recovery. They want to rebuild what’s broken in America, not tear it down. And when you listen to Donald Trump, all you really hear is more Donald Trump, more tear it down, and a lot of praise of foreign dictators. I don’t think the American people, and I don’t think most Republicans really want a strongman.
One of Sasse’s best answers came from Todd’s question, “What’s more important to you at this point? If it means electing Hillary Clinton, you would rather see anything to be done to stop Donald Trump from taking over the Republican Party?”
No, it’s a false choice. The American people deserve better than two fundamentally dishonest New York liberals. This is a country that put a man on the moon. And the American people deserve a better choice than this. But you asked what a party is. A political party is a tool. It’s not a religion, it’s not a family, it’s not the nation, it’s not even as important as Husker football. The Republican Party is a tool. And if it’s useful, people should embrace it. And if it becomes totally vacuous, they should find a candidate that believes in the American ideals and they should want somebody who will lead us forward by celebrating a Washington that is about servant leadership.
On his Facebook page, Sen. Sasse composed a lengthy argument detailing the reasons he believes Trump is harmful to the country:
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