Sen. Ben Sasse took to the United States Senate floor Tuesday to criticize Washington for failing to be forthright with the American people in wake of the San Bernardino shootings.
Sasse blamed what he sees as failed leadership in part for some Americans flocking to radical anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Sasse told colleagues that the American people know we are at war.
“It is only this town where our so-called leaders dawdle and bicker, pander and misprioritize; it is only this town that seems confused,” Sasse said in a Senate floor speech. “Washington ignores what it cannot escape and this is both a tragedy and a crisis for it is impossible to win a war when one does not even admit that one is in a war.”
Sasse stated Washington has failed to be honest with the American people that we face a war against a merciless and barbaric foe.
“So now, as it is emphatically and indisputably clear that we are not at war with all Muslims, let us tell the truth that we most certainly are at war with militant Islam,” according to Sasse. “We are at war with violent Islam. We are at war with jihadi Islam.”
Sasse, a Republican, never referred to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump by name, but denounced “obviously over-the-top rhetoric from unserious presidential candidates.”
Sasse also didn’t name President Barack Obama, a Democrat, by name, but took an unmistakable slap at the president in reference to his Oval Office speech Sunday.
“You want to stop a backlash against American Muslims? Then, stop lecturing Americans that they’re supposedly stupid to be frightened about jihadis who actually do want to bomb their kids’ sporting event. And, instead, use your pen and your phone as Commander in Chief to start telling us what your plan is to actually find and kill those who want to do us harm.”
AUDIO: U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse floor speech. [17 minutes]