Republican senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has announced that he would not support Donald Trump if the current frontrunner became the GOP nominee.
Just hours after fellow Republican senator Jeff Sessions became the first member of the upper chamber to endorse Trump, Sasse wrote on Facebook : “I cannot support Donald Trump . . . My current answer for who I would support in a hypothetical matchup between Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton is: neither of them. I sincerely hope we select one of the other GOP candidates, but if Donald Trump ends up as the GOP nominee, conservatives will need to find a third option.”
Sasse continued: “Given what we know about him today, here’s where I’m at: if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, my expectation is that I will look for some third candidate – a conservative option, a constitutionalist.”
The freshman senator, who was elected in 2014 as a Tea Party insurgent , said Trump’s views were inconsistent with his understanding of conservatism.
“Conservatives understand that all men are created equal and made in the image of God, but also that government must be limited so that fallen men do not wield too much power,” wrote Sasse. “A presidential candidate who boasts about what he’ll do during his ‘reign’ and refuses to condemn the KKK cannot lead a conservative movement in America.”
The criticism from Sasse, a former college president with a PhD in philosophy from Yale, isn’t new. Before Iowa, Sasse spent several days in the state campaigning specifically against Trump. As he told the Guardian in January: “I am not endorsing anybody in race and being pro-constitution just makes me anti Trump.” However, it makes him by far the most prominent conservative to embrace the label “Never Trump,” encompassing those Republicans who refuse to ever support the real estate mogul if he is the party’s nominee.
The list includes at least one fellow member of Congress, Reid Ribble of Wisconsin , prominent conservatives like Erick Erickson, a prominent blogger and radio host, as well as the writers at the National Review, a leading conservative magazine, which devoted an entire issue to the case against Trump. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has privately outlined plans to allow Senate Republicans seeking re-election in 2016 to run negative ads against Trump if he is the GOP nominee.
Other Republican candidates for president like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have repeatedly insisted that they plan supporting the Republican nominee for president, regardless of who it is, despite their clear disdain for Trump . Rubio has repeatedly referred to Trump as “a con artist” on the trail in recent days and Cruz suggested Trump has ties to the Mafia in interviews on Sunday.
Trump currently leads in recent polls of almost all of the 12 states holding Republican primaries on 1 March or Super Tuesday. The only exception is Texas where Cruz currently is ahead.
Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas
Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.
Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.
When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.
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Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.
"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.
The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
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"President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts," The Washington Post reported Saturday.