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WASHINGTON – Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican who has ramped up his criticism of President Donald Trump's election strategy in recent days, brushed aside a fiery tweet Saturday in which the president described him as "stupid and obnoxious."
"Ben said the same thing to Nebraskans that he has repeatedly said to the president directly," James Wegmann, a Sasse spokesman said of the senator's increasingly public criticism of the president. "Ben is focused on defending the Republican Senate majority, and he's not going to waste a single minute on tweets."
The public back and forth between Sasse, an occasional critic of the president, and Trump comes as Republicans are working overtime to try to keep control of the Senate and as the White House is counting on GOP votes to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and approve an economic stimulus, should a proposal materialize.
Republicans are also concerned Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's lead in national and battleground state polling could be a drag on Senate races Republicans will need to win to retain control of the chamber, including in Georgia and Arizona.
Sasse drew the president's ire by telling constituents during a recent call that Trump "kisses dictators' butts" and has "flirted with white supremacists." Sasse's office confirmed the authenticity of a recording, first reported by the Washington Examiner.
The least effective of our 53 Republican Senators, and a person who truly doesn’t have what it takes to be great, is Little Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a State which I have gladly done so much to help. @SenSasse was as nice as a RINO can be until he recently won the Republican....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2020
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