Don trashes Ne­braska Sen. Sasse

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY DAVE GOLDINER

Pres­i­dent Trump is back to hurl­ing in­sults at the peo­ple who are sup­posed to be his al­lies as the cam­paign heads into the home stretch.

Trump trashed Sen. Ben Sasse on Sat­ur­day as “rather stupid and ob­nox­ious” af­ter the Ne­braska Repub­li­can slammed the pres­i­dent for botch­ing the na­tional re­sponse to coro­n­avirus and “kiss­ing dic­ta­tors’ butts.”

“Lit­tle Ben is a li­a­bil­ity to the Repub­li­can Party, and an em­bar­rass­ment,” Trump tweeted, de­rid­ing the con­ser­va­tive Sasse (in­set) as a RINO, or Repub­li­can in name only.

Trump waited barely two hours to fol­low up by ef­fec­tively pro­nounc­ing the po­lit­i­cal death of Sasse, who is con­sid­ered a ris­ing star among con­ser­va­tives who are some­time crit­ics of the pres­i­dent.

“[P]er­haps the Repub­li­cans should find a new and more vi­able can­di­date?” Trump mused, even though Sasse has al­ready won the GOP nod and is cruis­ing to re­elec­tion against to­ken Demo­cratic op­po­si­tion.

Sasse told con­stituents on a mass phone call that Trump messed up the na­tional re­sponse to the pan­demic, among other sharp crit­i­cisms.

“I don’t think the way he’s led through COVID has been rea­son­able or re­spon­si­ble or right,” said Sasse, an oc­ca­sional critic of Trump.

The salvos came a day af­ter Trump hit out at Sen. Su­san Collins (R-Maine), who is locked in a very tough re­elec­tion fight. On Fri­day, Trump tweeted that Collins was “[n]ot worth the work” of lob­by­ing her to sup­port Amy Coney Bar­rett’s Supreme Court nom­i­na­tion.

With Trump trail­ing Demo­crat Joe Bi­den by 10% or more in polls and Repub­li­can con­trol of the Se­nate se­ri­ously in dan­ger, the ten­sion is be­gin­ning to show on the GOP side.

Repub­li­can Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell said this week that he would not agree to a mas­sive new $2 tril­lion coro­n­avirus stim­u­lus plan that the White House is ne­go­ti­at­ing with Con­gres­sional Demo­cratic lead­ers.

Some GOP law­mak­ers are get­ting antsy as they hope to avoid get­ting dragged down to de­feat by Trump’s in­creas­ingly dire polling num­bers.

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