A former Nebraska governor, now the honorary chairman of Nebraskans for Donald Trump, says the #NeverTrump movement was never going anywhere.
Former Gov. Dave Heineman says no one could have predicted New York businessman and reality television star Donald Trump would become the Republican presumptive presidential nominee.
“I was just amazed how Donald Trump dominated those debates,” Heineman tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “The fact of the matter is because of his experience on TV as Celebrity Apprentice and all of that, he knew how to work the cable TV networks better than anybody I’ve ever seen.”
Opposition to Trump has caused a rift in the Nebraska Republican Party. U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse has been very vocal and visible in the effort to dump Trump, going so far as to recently declare he would never vote for Trump and calling for an alternative candidate to emerge.
Sasse received a mild rebuke from fellow Nebraska Republicans when the party approved a resolution during its state convention strongly opposing any effort by Republican office holders to encourage a third-party candidacy.
Heineman suggests Sasse has gone too far in his opposition.
“There’s nothing wrong with saying you’re opposed to Donald Trump or some other candidate, but when you say I’m not going to vote for him in the general election when the other candidate is Hillary Clinton that motivates every Republican to get out and vote, I think that’s where he made the mistake,” Heineman says.
Heineman adds Republicans are living in a fantasy world if they believe there is going to be a white knight, third party candidate emerge to replace Trump. Heineman says eventually there will be two candidates from which to choose and Republicans need to choose Trump.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]