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Former President Donald Trump has some “bad news” for U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, whom he described as a “nasty guy” and worse during a political rally in Greenwood, Nebraska, on Sunday evening.
Sasse and another GOP politician in the state should probably not expect an invitation to Mar-a-Lago, either, anytime soon.
“Your state is very poorly represented by a grandstanding, little-respected senator called ‘little’ Ben Sasse…who’s an embarrassment to the people of Nebraska,” Trump declared in a nearly two-hour speech attended by thousands.
The Save America rally was apparently designed to boost the chances of Nebraska gubernatorial hopeful Charles Herbster, with whom Trump has had a three-decades long-friendship and who is one of nine candidates in the May 10 Republican primary.
The ex-POTUS also expressed disdain for another Nebraska Republican, Don Bacon, who represents the state’s second congressional district in the Omaha area. “Another one who I think is bad news is your guy Don Bacon. I think he’s bad news. And I hope you vote like hell against that guy. He’s bad news. He’s always chirping in the background, never constructive. Just another wise guy like little Ben Sasse.”
Trump recommended that voters should back Steve Kuehl, Bacon’s Republican primary challenger for the U.S. House seat. “Good luck Steve, whoever the hell you are,” POTUS 45 quipped, according to the Grand Island Independent.
Trump claimed that he first encountered Sasse (who first took office in January 2015) during a meeting with GOP senators shortly after winning the White House in 2016.
“This little Ben Sasse, he’s a lightweight. He started off so nasty to me, this little wise guy. I said ‘who’s that little guy back there? He’s a fresh son of a b—h.’ Isn’t he though? He’s like grilling me. I said ‘you’re a nasty guy,'” the Independent reported.
The two men apparently disagreed over various issues such as Obamacare and foreign policy.
Sasse was one of just seven Republican senators to vote to convict Trump for incitement of insurrection in impeachment 2.0 in February 2021.
Trump implied that he only backed Sasse for reelection in 2020 at the behest of the GOP establishment.
The Washington Examiner reported:
“[Trump] added that their relationship remained negative for the first year of his presidency, and claimed that it only began to change once Sasse was in the market for an endorsement. Shortly after Trump said he reluctantly endorsed his GOP foe, the Nebraska senator went public with a major policy disagreement, lambasting the 45th president for pulling U.S. troops from Germany over the country being late on its payments to NATO. ‘I’ll never forget it, the guy wins his election and then he hits me,’ the president said, ‘So a little Ben Sasse is bad news.'”
“Trump’s issue with Bacon is a bit less clear, as the House Republican voted against the articles of impeachment,” the Examiner recalled.
Trump defending Herbster & campaigning for him in the face of a multitude of accusations, mirroring his defense of Roy Moore. Tonight in Nebraska: “He’s been badly maligned, and it’s a shame…I defend people when I know they’re good.”
8 women have accused Herbster of groping. pic.twitter.com/T7OFAAPvP2
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) May 1, 2022
The above-mentioned Herbster is engulfed in allegations of groping leveled by multiple women, which he has denied. Trump described Herbster as a fine man and “an innocent human being.”
“By the way, Charles, welcome to politics,” Trump noted, in a reference perhaps to some of the hardball tactics and allegations often surrounding candidates for elected office.
As alluded to above, Trump and Sasse have been feuding for some time. For example, in October 2020, Trump eviscerated Sasse and his “stupid and obnoxious ways” after the senator was heard trashing him in a phone call with constituents.
Watch a report on the rally aired by ABC Omaha affiliate KETV NewsWatch 7:
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