U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse defends his opposition to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, even in face of a rebuke by the Nebraska Republican Party.
Sasse refuses to support Trump as the Republican presidential candidate.
“I wish I could support him, but in good conscience I can’t,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network in a telephone interview. “I respect those who disagree with me, but I just don’t trust him. I don’t know what he stands for. I don’t know what his platform would be, what his governance priorities would be.”
Sasse has become a very visible face in the anti-Trump crowd. He wrote an open letter to what he called “majority America” asking why the only choice facing American voters should be Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton. Sasse suggested the United States could draft an honest leader to run for president.
Nebraska Republicans, meeting at their state convention in Omaha this past weekend, approved a resolution strongly opposing any effort by Republican elected office holders or party officials to encourage a third party candidacy for president, arguing it would pave the way for Clinton to become president and for liberal justices to be elected to the United States Supreme Court.
Sasse says the resolution makes it clear some Nebraska Republicans are frustrated with him. He understands that and respects it. Yet, he won’t yield in his stance on Trump.
“I could never support Mrs. Clinton, but I think Mr. Trump has a lot of similar positions as Mrs. Clinton in that they’re both dishonest New York liberals who want more power for Washington,” according to Sasse. “I don’t want those things and I don’t think most Nebraskans, either Republicans or Democrats, do either.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]