The most vocal #NeverTrump Senate Republican sat down last night to pen an open letter to “majority America,” stressing there’s “no reason to believe that either of these two national frontrunners believe in limiting anything about DC’s power.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), who was a college president running for Congress two years ago when Sarah Palin enthusiastically endorsed his tea party candidacy, was an early opponent of Trump.
Now that the real-estate mogul is the presumptive nominee, Sasse had a lengthier message for “those who think both leading presidential candidates are dishonest and have little chance of leading America forward — or, stated more simply, the majority of America.”
In the Facebook post, the senator recounted conversations that he had at a local Wal-Mart, including a “young evangelical mom” telling him, “I want to cry. I disagree with Hillary Clinton on almost every single thing – but I will vote for her before Trump. I could never tell my kids later that I voted for that man.”
“I’ve ignored my phone most of today, but the voicemail is overflowing with party bosses and politicos telling me that ‘although Trump is terrible,’ we ‘have to’ support him, ‘because the only choice is Trump or Hillary.’ This open letter aims simply to ask ‘WHY is that the only choice?'” Sasse wrote. “…I signed up for the Party of Abraham Lincoln — and I will work to reform and restore the GOP — but let’s tell the plain truth that right now both parties lack vision.”
He predicted that both political parties “are enough of a mess that I believe they will come apart.”
“It might not happen fully in 2016 – and I’ll continue fighting to revive the GOP with ideas — but when people’s needs aren’t being met, they ultimately find other solutions,” he added.
Of Trump and Hillary Clinton, the senator noted that “there are dumpster fires in my town more popular than these two ‘leaders.’”
“With Clinton and Trump, the fix is in. Heads, they win; tails, you lose. Why are we confined to these two terrible options? This is America. If both choices stink, we reject them and go bigger. That’s what we do,” he continued. “Remember: our Founders didn’t want entrenched political parties. So why should we accept this terrible choice?”
But Sasse dropped hints that the choice shouldn’t be Sasse, as a leader who could step in at this time “should be able to campaign 24/7 for the next six months. Therefore he/she likely can’t be an engaged parent with little kids.”
“Imagine if we had a candidate: …who hadn’t spent his/her life in politics either buying politicians or being bought…who didn’t want to stitch together a coalition based on anger but wanted to take a whole nation forward…who pledged to serve for only one term, as a care-taker problem-solver for this messy moment…who knew that Washington isn’t competent to micromanage the lives of free people, but instead wanted to SERVE by focusing on 3 or 4 big national problems” such as national security and a budget with entitlement reform, he wrote.
“I think there is room – an appetite – for such a candidate …[people] deserve a president who knows that his or her job is not to ‘reign,’ but to serve as commander-in-chief and to ‘faithfully execute’ the laws – not to claim imperial powers to rewrite them with his pen and phone.”
Sasse added a couple of hashtags in his sign-off: #WeCanDoBetter and #GiveUsMoreChoices.
The senator also trolled the party on Twitter. After the Republican National Committee tweeted, “Thank you to the entire Republican field for a hard fought race. The Party is better for your efforts,” Sasse tweeted, “I assume this is a parody account?”