The Paradoxical World of Sen. Ben Sasse

Ben Sasse served as the President of Midland University from 2010 through the end of 2014.

During the 2014 elections, Sasse was elected to the US Senate where he represents Nebraska.

Sasse ran as a Republican and still claims to be a Republican, but is that political affiliation in jeopardy?

Sasse has been a very outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.

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When asked if he has considered leaving the GOP, he said he regularly does.

Even though he often criticizes Trump and regularly considers leaving the GOP, he generally votes for most of Trump’s policies, thus creating somewhat of a paradox as who or what Sasse really is.

(Huffington Post) – Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) acknowledged on Saturday that he “regularly” considers leaving the Republican Party, making the admission as part of a series of tweets in which he decried the increasing role conspiracy theories play in today’s politics and media.

Sasse, elected to his seat in 2014, said he feared the U.S. was “headed toward a place where hefty majorities of both sides of the electorate are going to regularly embrace unsupported and blatantly false assertions.”

When one of his followers asked him if he ever considered switching parties, just as she switched from Democrat to no-party, Sasse replied: “yep, regularly consider it.”

Sasse is one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal Republican critics in Congress. He attracted attention during the 2016 presidential campaign when he said he would not vote for Trump but instead would back a third-party candidate. Since Trump’s election, Sasse regularly taken issue with the president’s behavior ― last year, for instance, the lawmaker criticized conservatives for backing Trump’s attacks on the media…

At the moment, Republicans have the narrowest of leads in the Senate with 51 seats, compared to 47 Democrats and 2 Independents who always seem to vote with the Democrats, making the overall GOP lead of only 51 to 49.

If Sasse left the GOP, it could put the Senate in a virtual tie.

In case of ties on votes in the Senate, the Vice President casts the deciding vote.

Sasse hasn’t indicated he is yet ready to jump the GOP ship, only that he thinks about it.



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David Jolly
R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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