Former President Donald Trump might be out of the White House, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost any favor with his loyal base of supporters.
According to Fox News, that was proven once again in the state of Nebraska, as Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) — a vocal, unabashed anti-Trumper — has been charged with undermining his constituents in his home state for recent statements he’s made about the former president.
A number of heavily-conservative counties — counties that very clearly favor Mr. Trump — have joined together in efforts to officially censure Sasse for comments he’s made about the president, with some officials accusing Sasse of only ever temporarily supporting Trump to secure his reelection.
On Thursday, Republican officials in Sarpy County — the largest conservative county in the state — passed a 2-1 vote to join both Scotts Bluff and Hitchcock counties in condemning Sasses for statements he made about Trump’s legal efforts to expose alleged voter and ballot fraud in the 2020 election.
They also hammered the senator for statements he made concerning Trump’s involvement in the Capitol riots, in which he joined Democrats in voting in favor to proceed with a Senate impeachment trial, which is set to begin on February 9.
Sasse responded to the condemnation on Thursday, even releasing a video with a direct response in which he clearly laid out the reasons why he said what he said, which was likely not well-received by those who favored censuring him.
“You are welcome to censure me again,” Sasse said, “but let’s be clear about why this is happening. It’s because I still believe, as you used to, that politics isn’t about the weird worship of one dude.”
As Fox News reported, Sasse went on to say that he’s one of the most conservative voters and his break with the former president had no bearing on his conservative values — and he didn’t pull any punches in the process.
“Personality cults aren’t conservative. Conspiracy theories aren’t conservative. Lying that an election has been stolen is not conservative. Acting like politics is a religion, it isn’t conservative,” Sasse said in the video, seemingly taking a jab at the Nebraska Republicans who are fighting against him.