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Trump took a swipe at a GOP senator who says he’s standing by his principles.
In an open letter posted on his Facebook page, Sen. Ben Sasse is calling for an “adult” third-party candidate to run against the major party’s presumptive presidential candidates — Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
The Nebraska Republican, an outspoken critic of Trump, titled his post “AN OPEN LETTER TO MAJORITY AMERICA” and addressed it to “Those who think both leading presidential candidates are dishonest and have little chance of leading America forward.”
He called for honesty in presidential politics, something he said is lacking in both Clinton and Trump.
“Why shouldn’t America draft an honest leader who will focus on 70% solutions for the next four years? You know…an adult?” he asked.
He also said that those who have pledged their support for Trump do so from a lack of a reasonable alternative.
“Please understand: I’m going to vote for him, but I don’t like him,” Sasse recalled a Trump supporter telling him at a local Walmart. “And I don’t trust him – I mean, I’m not stupid. But how else can I send a signal to Washington?!”
I don’t think the people of my town are wrong: They deserve better choices than Hillary or Trump.
An Open Letter: https://t.co/8hXYkGIWut
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) May 5, 2016
The senator then listed 10 reasons why America needs an alternative to the two. He added a touch of humor in his sixth point, describing the two front-runners as more unpopular than “dumpster fires.”
In the history of polling, we’ve basically never had a candidate viewed negatively by half of the electorate. This year, we have two. In fact, we now have the two most unpopular candidates ever – Hillary by a little, and Trump by miles (including now 3 out of 4 women – who vote more and influence more votes than men). There are dumpster fires in my town more popular than these two “leaders.”
Both candidates, he felt, were on the verge of destroying their respective parties.
“These two national political parties are enough of a mess that I believe they will come apart,” he wrote.
“It might not happen fully in 2016 – and I’ll continue fighting to revive the GOP with ideas — but when people’s needs aren’t being met, they ultimately find other solutions.”
Despite rumors to the contrary, Sasse said he wasn’t interested in a presidential bid.
Trump fired back at Sasse during a nearly 22-minute interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier.
Baier broached the Sasse letter on “Special Report” Thursday.
“Yes, he’s a real genius,” Trump sarcastically said at about the 8:45 mark into the interview. “So let’s say you get somebody to run. That means the Republicans can’t win. Now you have four to five Supreme Court justices that will be picked by Hillary Clinton or whoever it is, but probably Hillary. Bernie even worse.”
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