There are some Republicans who have expressed dismay at the thought of a Trump presidency, but will begrudgingly vote for him. There are some Republicans who say they’ll vote for Hillary Clinton or not at all if Trump is the nominee. But there is one Republican, and an influential, powerful one, who says if Donald Trump is GOP nominee, he’ll quit the party completely.
United States Senator Ben Sasse, who fired off a blistering anti-Trump post on his Facebook yesterday, promised to leave the GOP if Donald Trump was the nominee, saying he’s a member of the party of Lincoln, not David Duke:
I signed up for the party of Abraham Lincoln, not the party of David Duke, Donald Trump. I hope it happens over the course of the next 30 to 60 days that the Republican Party again becomes the party of Abraham Lincoln, limited government and great human potential. I want to celebrate what’s great about America in the Republican Party, but if the Republican Party becomes the party of David Duke, Donald Trump, I’m out.
Sasse, when asked if Trump could somehow evolve into a more “principled conservative,” compared him to a Kardashian, saying, “I don’t that this guy has any more core principles than a Kardashian marriage. Do any of you think Donald Trump has any core values? I don’t think it’s conceivable.”
Needless to say, this Republican really, really hates Donald Trump. And these comments were made on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, where host Joe Scarborough, a once Trump cheerleader, has denounced the frontrunner for similar reasons.
No Republican has been so critical of Donald Trump as Ben Sasse has been. Republican commentator Robert Kagan called him a “Frankenstein” creation of the right’s anger and hate, but stopped short of denouncing the GOP as a whole.
To think that the GOP’s monster creation will make a sitting U.S. Senator leave the party if he’s the nominee is astounding. As Republicans brace for the inevitable candidacy of Donald Trump, they will also brace for the blistering backlash from within their own ranks, potentially toppling their chances for the White House. The freshman senator from Nebraska, who touts his anti-establishment persona, won’t be the last Republican to abandon hope.
Watch the Senator’s remarks here via MSNBC:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl5JdYIc49Q]
Featured image via Flickr