Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) didn’t exactly pull punches in an interview with Politico, going after congressional Republicans, Democrats, former President Donald Trump, and the Biden administration.
Sasse, who is facing imminent censure from the Nebraska GOP for voting to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, stands by that vote and says he’s not bothered by the action his home state’s Republican Party is taking against him, though he did say he thinks it’s not “healthy.” His comments to Politico seemed to back up his confidence. At one point, when asked about Trump loyalist Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Sasse simply said “that guy is not an adult,” and described Congress, generally, as “a bunch of yokels screaming.”
Sasse’s candor is gutsy, but it’s worth noting he’s generally well-respected by his Senate colleagues and won re-election handily last year, so he’s ensconced in the upper chamber until 2026.
While he’s been in the spotlight for his intra-party criticism of late, Sasse did have words for Democrats, as well, per Politico. He said the Biden administration is “cowering” to the opinions of progressive Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and called the education spending plan in President Biden’s COVID-19 relief package as “disastrous.” Read more at Politico.