Republican Senator Ben Sasse Compares Trump and Clinton to Dumpster Fires

Have you ever heard of Republican Senator Ben Sasse? He may be trying to run for President!

The Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has posted a Facebook rant that some people seem to find impressive.

The Sasse line that most impressed Elizabeth Nolan Brown of Reason magazine was: “There are dumpster fires in my town more popular than these two ‘leaders’”—referring to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

How many dumpster fires do you know that have won primaries getting so many votes that he has broken past records? I know many people are hostile to Trump but he has won a large majority of delegates anyway. That counts for more than Sasse’s contrived anecdotes.

Nolan writes,

In the “open letter to majority America” that Sasse posted to Facebook Wednesday, it’s pretty clear he’s testing the waters for an independent presidential run (if not by himself, than by someone). Yet somehow the standard ranting and raving about “Washington dysfunction” and the need for unity comes off not like a stilted, empty tirade but … honest. Righteously angry. Maybe even a tiny bit substantive.

I wonder what Nolan was smoking to come to that conclusion. Read it yourself. Pretentious is a more apt description than substantive.

Sasse is a conservative in some genuine ways, but his own website makes it clear that he is a statist. I’m surprised that is so sympathetic to his rant.

It Sasse is trying to run or help someone else run as an alternative candidate, that means only one thing: the agenda of those donating to such an endeavor is to get Hillary Clinton elected President. Readers who doubt me should read the Chronicles blog post on “the two faces of #nevertrump: those who know and those who don’t.”

It says in part:

But the money side of #NeverTrump vows to fight on, even in the wake of Indiana: “The biggest anti-Trump super-PAC, Our Principles PAC, said it will continue pushing to force a contested convention as long as Trump remains short of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright.” Our Principles PAC reportedly has a $2 billion war chest provided by Wall Street heavyweights with one mission: stop Trump.

The question is, why?

For a tiny but influential (and very wealthy) subgroup lurking under the #NeverTrump rubric, the answer is simple: they want to ensure that Hillary Rodham Clinton and her sex predator husband move back into the White House in January. Beltway Brahmin George Will and neoconservative ideologue Max Boot (settling for Hillary because Stalin is unavailable) have said as much.

There’s no mystery here. The Brahmins, neocons, and plutocrats are the #NeverTrump Who Know Why They Do What They Do.

For this faction, Trump is perceived as a threat to the bipartisan oligarchy whose wealth, power, and privileges depend on uncontrolled borders, globalized trade, and endless wars.

The post is referring to a desperate plan to derail the Republican convention in Cleveland. But running an alternative candidate would also be desperate, require a lot of money, and put Hillary in office if it succeeded.

I wasn’t a fan of Donald Trump, but he won big despite vociferous opposition. He is more popular than a dumpster fire, by a wide margin. Republican Senator Ben Sasse would have done better to write on some other topic.


Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the “nom de plume” (or “nom de guerre”) of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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