United States Senator Ben Sasse disagrees with President Donald Trump on plenty of things, but not on his judicial nominees.
Sasse has had his differences with Trump, but not on how the president is shaping the judiciary.
“His judicial nominees have been excellent; not just good, they’ve been great. His trade policy is really bad,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Sasse says he has had many soybean farmers in his office panicked as the market collapses with debt payments coming due at harvest. He ties the collapse to the president’s trade policy, threatening trade wars with several countries, including major trading partners with Nebraska.
The president’s judicial nominees are a different matter.
Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court last year. Sasse praises Gorsuch and expects a similar nominee this time to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced he will retire from the bench at the end of July. President Ronald Reagan appointed Kennedy to the Supreme Court in 1988 after the Senate rejected Reagan’s appointment of Robert Bork to the court.
Sasse is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee which will hold confirmation hearings on whoever is nominated to replace Kennedy.
Sasse expects a bruising confirmation process, adding it shouldn’t be that way.
“If it feels like an all or nothing, make or break, heaven or hell situation that means we’re doing something wrong in America, because the court is not supposed to be that important. We’re politicizing too much stuff,” according to Sasse.
Sasse says the country needs to return to true distinctions between the three branches of government with Congress setting policy, the president executing the laws, and the courts defending the Constitution.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]