He made a national name for himself by opposing Donald Trump as his party’s presidential nominee, but Nebraska’s anti-Trump senator says the country needs to get behind Trump now that the election is over.
Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican, opposed Trump as the Republican presidential nominee and wouldn’t relent in his opposition throughout the election.
Trump won despite such reservations from Republicans.
Sasse says now that the election is past, the country needs to unite behind Trump.
“Well, I think Americans sent an unmistakable message that Washington’s broken and needs to be disrupted and I hear that and agree with that,” Sasse tells LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Sasse concedes he does have concerns about who they elected to accomplish the disruption, but says now that Trump is president-elect, he deserves the country’s support; but not uncritical support.
“I think all of us should be critical and yet we should be hopeful. We should root for the guy’s success,” Sasse says. “He has constitutional standing now. He’s all of our president and we should want Mr. Trump to succeed.”
Sasse refused to vote for Trump, writing in the name of Republican Mike Pence, the Indiana governor and Vice President-elect, instead.
Sasse says Trump needs to surround himself with great people. He also calls on Nebraskans to pray for Trump even as they debate the merits of his policies.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]