Nebraska Republican U.S. Senator Ben Sasse said that if Donald Trump wins the most Republican delegates and is the Republican nominee for President, he will instead find a 3rd party candidate to support.
Sasse made this statement in a Facebook post Sunday night. He started by telling the world that he is not…
- a career politician
- part of the establishment
- worried about job security
- for open borders
He then eventually got into his thoughts on The Donald, noting a number of statements Trump has made recently:
- opening up libel laws to sue newspapers for editorials
- showing approval of the “strength” the Chinese used against the student in Tiananmen Square
- showing approval of Putin’s methods in Ukraine
- other ways he would support restricting the 1st Amendment
As he gets down to it, Sasse says that Trump is not a Constitutionalist, and therefore he can’t support him.
And he then says he won’t support Hillary either.
And that may be the case, but if he goes full bore, he will be true to his convictions…but the Hillary Clinton campaign just gave three cheers.
Sasse and others are not willing to swallow and accept that Trump is all bluster in the campaign and would act any differently in the Presidency. It is difficult to look at it any other way.
Even one of Trump’s biggest admirers, Scott Adams, recently “disavowed” Trump, mainly over his failure on the David Duke, KKK issue. And he’s not crazy about Trump’s answers on Trump U. or selling vitamins.
After Marco Rubio’s stellar debate performance where he finally knocked Trump off of his game, Trump has gone even a bit more nuts than he had already been — many of the issues that Sasse and Adams have brought up have been within the past week.
Sasse’s statement here is more of a gambit to say that he is 100% all in for Rubio or Cruz, and leaving no conversation open for Trump as many others have — at this point, Senator Deb Fischer, who has openly endorsed Marco Rubio, has said she would support the GOP nominee.
And from the various analyses, an open convention is still a very real possibility, and Trump could go down — and then probably run his OWN third party campaign.
In that sense, and in the “purity” sense, Sasse’s gambit makes sense.
But if Trump does get the nod, Sasse will likely know that if he’s not into Trump, in reality, there is no third choice.
Come back to Leavenworth St. this afternoon for another post, with an interesting story on the 2nd District Congressional race.