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In a forceful and defiant video, Senator Ben Sasse told a Nebraska Republican group Thursday to go ahead and censure him for “not bending the knee” to former President Donald Trump.
“You can censor me again, but let’s clarify why: it‘s because I still believe (as you used to) that politics is not about weird guy worship.” ”- Senator Ben Sasse
While he described himself as “one of the most conservative voters in the Senate,” the Nebraska Republican has been one of Trump’s most vocal critics in his group, and is one of the few Republican lawmakers who condemned the rhetoric. Trump that led to the January 6 siege of the United States Capitol, in which five people were killed, including a police officer. Sasse was also one of the few Republicans who supported going ahead with a second impeachment trial.
Also read: Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene Removed from House committees; 11 Republicans cross the aisle in vote The Nebraska Republican Party State Central Committee will consider a motion to formally censure Sasse next week. The committee has previously censured Sasse for not supporting Trump enough. In Thursday’s YouTube video, Sasse said: “Now, many of you are deceived because I condemned your lies that led to a riot…. Let’s be clear: The anger in this state party has never been because I violated principles or abandoned conservative politics. I am one of the most conservative voters in the Senate. The anger has always been simply for not bowing the knee to … a boy. “” Something has definitely changed in the last four years … but it
‘s not me, “he said. Sasse added that the” cults of personality ” and “conspiracy theories” are not conservative. “We will have to choose between conservatism and insanity, between simply criticizing who we are angry with or trying to persuade generations of Americans again.”