Won’t take any Sasse

Trump slams Repub­li­can ‘blood­bath’ critic

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WASH­ING­TON — U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump Sat­ur­day at­tacked a long­time con­gres­sional critic who warned this week that his han­dling of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic and au­thor­i­tar­ian lead­ers could cause a “Repub­li­can blood­bath in the

Se­nate” in the Nov. 3 elec­tions.

Sen. Ben Sasse is the least ef­fec­tive of the 53 Repub­li­can sen­a­tors, Trump wrote on Twit­ter, call­ing him “a li­a­bil­ity to the Repub­li­can Party, and an em­bar­rass­ment to the Great State of Ne­braska. Other than that, he’s just a won­der­ful guy.”

Sasse crit­i­cized

Trump in a town hall with con­stituents Wednes­day, and ques­tioned whether the pres­i­dent would ul­ti­mately drive the coun­try fur­ther to the left.

Trump “kisses dic­ta­tors’ butts” and has “flirted with white su­prem­a­cists,” ac­cord­ing to a tran­script of the vir­tual town hall.

Trump’s lead­er­ship through the COVID-19 pan­demic has not been “rea­son­able, or re­spon­si­ble, or right,” Sasse said.

He added that Trump re­fused to take the coro­n­avirus se­ri­ously for months and had treated it like a news cy­cle rather that a multi-year pub­lic health chal­lenge.

Sasse is a fre­quent critic of Trump, and said be­fore the 2016 elec­tion he would not en­dorse him.

How­ever, he has voted in line with Trump’s po­si­tions in Congress nearly 87% of the time, ac­cord­ing to a tally of votes through Sept. 24 by the fivethir­tyeight.com web­site.

Se­nate Repub­li­cans are bat­tling to keep their 53-47 ma­jor­ity in the elec­tion.

Re­cent polling by Reuters/ip­sos shows Demo­cratic chal­lenger

Mark Kelly pulling far ahead of Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Martha Mcsally in Ari­zona, one of 10 states where Repub­li­can in­cum­bents are vul­ner­a­ble to be­ing un­seated.

Sev­eral, in­clud­ing Trump’s fre­quent golf­ing part­ner, Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham, face fund­ing short­falls.

Demo­crat Jaime Har­ri­son who’s run­ning against Gra­ham in South Carolina, has raised nearly $58 mil­lion dur­ing the three­month pe­riod ended Sept. 30, more than twice the

$28 mil­lion US re­ported by Gra­ham’s cam­paign.

Demo­cratic can­di­dates in nine hotly con­tested Se­nate races amassed more than $240

mil­lion in con­tri­bu­tions dur­ing that pe­riod, leav­ing their Repub­li­can op­po­nents far be­hind in fundrais­ing.

This week Gra­ham ex­pressed wor­ries that Trump, who’s be­hind Demo­cratic can­di­date Joe Bi­den in many polls, could lose.

“Y’all have a good chance of win­ning the White House,” Gra­ham told Demo­cratic col­leagues dur­ing hear­ings for Amy Coney Bar­rett, Trump’s nom­i­nee for the Supreme Court va­cancy left by the death of Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg.

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Don­ald Trump makes his way aboard Air Force One be­fore de­part­ing from An­drews Air Force Base in Mary­land yes­ter­day. Trump was headed for cam­paign stops in Michi­gan, Wis­con­sin, Ne­vada and Ari­zona.

SASSE Not a fan of Don

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