Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) was asked on Twitter on Saturday morning if ever thought of going the Republican Party. Sasse replied, “yep – regular consider it”:
yep — regularly consider it
(except the “from Dem” part) https://t.co/ZZCQKOPhL9
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 8, 2018
Sasse has been a critic of President Donald Trump and his policies, particularly with the president’s reluctance to criticize Russia and Russian President Putin.
8 (of 8).
President Trump should have only one message for Putin tomorrow: Quit messing with America.
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) July 16, 2018
Otherwise, Sasse is fairly loyal to the votings of his party. This week, he defended choose Brett Kavanaugh through his Supreme Court hearing.
Sen. Ben Sasse: "Judge Kavanaugh doesn't hate women and children. Judge Kavanaugh doesn't lust after dirty water and stinky air. No, looking at his record, it seems to me that what he actually dislikes are legislators that are too lazy and risk-averse to do our actual jobs" pic.twitter.com/RDV2DNZzeb
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 4, 2018
According to Capitol Hill, Sasse’s mulling of going the GOP is nothing out of the normal. Republican officers from Oregon, California, and Connecticut have left the Republican Party within the past year, principally blaming Trump and his policies.
Some Democrats have detected a shift within the party in recent years, particularly since the increase of Trump. During a speech at the University of Illinois on Fri, former President Barack Obama spoke concerning the shift.
“Over the past few decades, the politics of division, of resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican Party,” he said.
“I don’t mean to pretend I’m channeling Abraham Lincoln now, but that’s not what he had in mind, I think, when he helped form the Republican Party,” Obama continued. “It’s not conservative. It sure isn’t normal. It’s radical.”
According to CBS News, Sasse is taken into account a doable presidential candidate for 2020 or on the far side. Sasse isn’t up for re-election this year.