Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) pledges to support third-party candidate if Trump is nominated

SasseIn a lengthy open letter posted to his Facebook page, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) declares his intention to vote for a third-party candidate if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. He is the first Senator to say this, joining Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI).

Excerpt:

Please understand: I’m not an establishment Republican, and I will never support Hillary Clinton. I’m a movement conservative who was elected over the objections of the GOP establishment. diversity essay college how to purchase an essay blood pressure approved cialis https://creativephl.org/pills/paxil-on-line/33/ story writing paper https://www.guidelines.org/blog/writing-ionic-formulas/93/ go site go to link buy cheap essays online uk http://go.culinaryinstitute.edu/how-to-write-a-good-conclusion-for-an-opinion-essay/ lasix no prescription overnight evaluative essay rubric https://rainierfruit.com/sildenafil-citrate-overnight-delivery/ click here click here viagra in der cz que le produce el viagra a las mujeres ancient egypt essay help for essay writing http://snowdropfoundation.org/papers/cheap-best-essay-proofreading-site-us/12/ follow antabuse when can you drink again synthroid 50 mcg viagra side effects australia how to put a quote in an essay mla determination essay https://dvas.org/buying-generic-cialis-2195/ mail order clarithromycin 500 mg thesis defense form tamu dupont essay challenge june 2010 sat essay resume headshot dexter jones new york My current answer for who I would support in a hypothetical matchup between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton is: Neither of them. I sincerely hope we select one of the other GOP candidates, but if Donald Trump ends up as the GOP nominee, conservatives will need to find a third option. […]

IF MR. TRUMP BECOMES THE NOMINEE…

Given what we know about him today, here’s where I’m at: If Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, my expectation is that I will look for some third candidate – a conservative option, a Constitutionalist.

I do not claim to speak for a movement, but I suspect I am far from alone. After listening to Nebraskans in recent weeks, and talking to a great many people who take oaths seriously, I think many are in the same place. I believe a sizable share of Christians – who regard threats against religious liberty as arguably the greatest crisis of our time – are unwilling to support any candidate who does not make a full-throated defense of the First Amendment a first commitment of their candidacy.

Conservatives understand that all men are created equal and made in the image of God, but also that government must be limited so that fallen men do not wield too much power. A presidential candidate who boasts about what he’ll do during his “reign” and refuses to condemn the KKK cannot lead a conservative movement in America.

 

27 thoughts on “Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) pledges to support third-party candidate if Trump is nominated

  1. Bob Haran

    If Sen. Ben Sassle and Rep. Reid Ribble are looking for a CONSERVATIVE ALTERNATIVE to the GOP, there is only one party, The CONSTITUTION PARTY, we put principle over politics and God and country before party.
    Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-immigration Control and Enforcement, Pro-American.

    For God and country,
    Bob Haran,
    Constitution Party of Arizona.

  2. George Phillies

    If these people want a choice in November, they need to politely lobby now to ease ballot access laws *this year* so that sane Republicans can find a Libertarian, a Green or a Constitution Party Presidential candidate on the ballot.

  3. Bob Haran

    If Sen. Sassle and Rep. Ribble are pro-life, pro-family a pro-immigration control and enforcement, they can’t endorse a Libertarian candidate for any office. Libertarians will not defend the right to life of the unborn, they support gay marriage and are for an open border.

  4. Andy Craig Post author

    Endorsing a CP nominee would seem to undercut his point that he’s doing this in protest of how extreme, reactionary, and insane Trump is. Depends on who they nominate to a degree, but I don’t see him going for the CP nominee. Maybe, but the two more likely options are the Libertarian or an independent Republican, it would seem.

    Does the CP even have their likely nominee yet, or are they still waiting for some ex-Congressman to jump in?

  5. Cody Quirk

    Bob seems pretty clueless as to what the LP is all about, and especially the both Pro-Life and common-sense view of abortion, but then again for a member of a party that contains viewpoints and certain individuals that support installing a theocratic government and shoving a Calvinist view of the bible down people’s throats -CP’ers are pretty clueless as to what can and cannot be legally done under a restored Constitutional Republic.

    Ben Sasse will certainly be voting LP when election time comes around, as we are the only constitutional third party that’s likely to get over 1% of the vote..

  6. Cody Quirk

    “Does the CP even have their likely nominee yet, or are they still waiting for some ex-Congressman to jump in?”

    Probably the latter, as they were started 1992 to be a vehicle for a Pat Buchanan run that never happened, and are still delusionally holding out that someone with serious name recognition will actually bring some life and growth to a shrinking political party where many of their top leaders are starting to die off from old age now.

  7. Robert Capozzi

    It is conceivable that if the LP nominates a non-fringe candidate, we might see more of this. Trump-as-nominee really starts to open up the possibilities of a significant realignment for future cycles.

    Were the LP not booby-trapped with extremist plumblinery, the possibilites increase even more.

  8. George Phillies

    Bob Haran actually has a solid point, namely in the primaries Trump selectively draws support from centrist voters, because he is indeed more moderate than his opponents. An anti-Trump Republican on the noted issues will tend to be closer to the Constitution Party than to the Libertarians.

    Note, however, that if large numbers of Republicans cross over well before the Constitution Party convention that the Constitution Party platform will be fixed, via reversion to the old pro-first-amendment form under which it was not a religious party and was closer to being acceptable to many Americans/via a procedure employed on male cats to reduce their roaming tendencies/the truth is in there someplace.

  9. Dave

    Especially after the K3 thing, I really think that establishment Republicans are going to run a third party or Independent. I think it will be Romney. He’s been one of the most strident Trump critics, has 100% name recognition, and is seen as tough on immigration, so perhaps could take the wind out of Trump’s sails on that front.

  10. Andy Craig Post author

    I still think an ind.R (Romney or whoever) won’t happen. Not because they couldn’t, theoretically, get it on the ballot in enough states to be viable, even though the clock is rapidly running out on that. *But* — I don’t think they have enough time to solidify support behind the idea (vs. trying to stop Trump winning the nomination), and then figure out how they’re going to pick a candidate and give that selection some sort of legitimacy, and *then* get that candidate on the ballot and start running a real campaign. Romney might have his strengths to fill that role, but he also has a lot of downsides. But him and Paul Ryan might be the only two who can do it, and take a plurality of the elected GOP with them.

    Could it be done? Probably. Will it be done? I don’t think so. I think we’ll see– as McConnell has already told his Senators– GOP elected officials largely split from the putative nominee, and even run openly against him, on the message that “Hillary’s going to win anyway so we need to keep the Senate as a check on her.” Some of them might support and endorse a third-party candidate, but it won’t be a candidate they put up and run themselves from among their own ranks. And some of them will, like Christie and LePage and Sessions, side with Trump.

    Who knows though, maybe we’ll see Romney 2016 after all. I didn’t think Trump was really going to run, either.

  11. George Phillies

    What the Republicans who want a third-party Republican candidate need is someone who will stand up, announce he is the candidate, he is rich enough to cover ballot access and, by the way, he has already done the hires needed to make it happen. They need someone who will make this happen, not someone who will sit around dithering.

  12. Dave Terry

    “Conservatives understand that all men are created equal and made in the image of God, but also that government must be limited so that fallen men do not wield too much power. A presidential candidate who boasts about what he’ll do during his “reign” and refuses to condemn the KKK cannot lead a conservative movement in America.”

    So the question remains; if all men are created equal and made in the image (?) of ‘god’, how is it that there are so many “fallen men” whose power is to be feared, rather than admired or immulated.

    Are you saying that the members of the KKK were NOT created in ‘god’s’ image.? AND, if not, were they
    created for the sole purpose of testing and ‘vexing’ the righteous? :>)

    Were the followers and supporters of Trump created in Lucifer’s image in that other garden down the road from Eden? A finally, WHY are those who ascribe to the teachings of the Klan invariably self-described as “god-fearing, born again Christians”???

  13. Darcy G Richardson

    “Endorsing a CP nominee would seem to undercut his point that he’s doing this in protest of how extreme, reactionary, and insane Trump is. Depends on who they nominate to a degree, but I don’t see him going for the CP nominee. Maybe, but the two more likely options are the Libertarian or an independent Republican, it would seem.” — Andy Craig

    Anybody who believes, even for a second, that someone like Ben Sasse or others of his ilk would ever support the Libertarian presidential nominee obviously doesn’t know the first thing about the conservative Nebraskan. He’s the real reactionary in this story.

    A favorite of the neocons and arguably the most hawkish member of the U.S. Senate, Sasse is an unabashed social conservative who has long maintained that the government should ban same-sex marriages because “marriage is defined by God.” If that wasn’t bad enough, in his 2004 doctoral dissertation, the right-wing Nebraskan clearly pined for a populist “Christian Nation.”

    These things have been covered extensively in the mainstream media and elsewhere over the past couple of years.

    Sasse, who had his eye on the vice presidency, is simply throwing a hissy fit because Donald Trump has effectively destroyed the party’s establishment lane from which the Nebraskan’s candidacy would have emerged…

  14. Dave

    Exactly why I think we’ll get a third party or more likely independent run from the establishment. Guys like Sasse and The founder of RedState won’t vote for Trump, but they won’t vote for the LP either. They’ll run their own guy and he’ll get the lionshare of the endorsements with that group.Keep in mind Bill Kristol is already trying to draft a Dick Cheney/Tom Cotton ticket.

    Though I could see a few rogue Republican figures like Amash deciding the election’s already enough of a clusterf*ck and endorsing the LP. Fingers crossed.

  15. Cody Quirk

    “A favorite of the neocons and arguably the most hawkish member of the U.S. Senate, Sasse is an unabashed social conservative who has long maintained that the government should ban same-sex marriages because “marriage is defined by God.” If that wasn’t bad enough, in his 2004 doctoral dissertation, the right-wing Nebraskan clearly pined for a populist “Christian Nation.””

    Even if that indeed will prevent him from going LP, or supporting Gary Johnson, I highly doubt that he would still throw his support, or mere endorsement behind a minor party that counts people like Michael Peroutka, Riley Hood, Don Grundmann, and other outspoken characters in their ranks.

  16. P.J. Sullivan

    There are two strains of not-Trump Republicans: those who think he is squishy on abortion, and who could vote Constitution; and those who think he is mounting a hostile takeover of the party by appealing to know-nothingism. They would need another candidate, or might grudgingly vote for Johnson (who was a GOP governor).

  17. Bob Haran

    The conservative Republicans, if there are any, can vote for the Constitution Party. The libertarian Republicans can vote for the Libertarian Party. The idiot Republicans can vote for Trump.

  18. Bob Haran

    If there are any true conservatives still in the Republican Party, they can support the Constitution Party and libertarian Republicans can support the Libertarian Party and, the idiots in the Republican Party who are stupid enough to believe a con artist can support Donald Trump.

  19. P.J. Sullivan

    If the conservatives who don’t want to vote for Trump want to nab the CP line with a “name” candidate (some ex-senator or something), they’ll need to act soon.

  20. Jed Ziggler

    I’d just like to point out that, at least so far,the Libertarian Party has ballot access in Nebraska and the Constitution Party does not.

  21. Cody Quirk

    Conservative (Socially Conservative) Republicans could join the CP… After they water down both the dogmatic language and several planks in their platform, along with overhauling the organizational structure and even the name itself of the CP since not all conservative Republicans that are sympathetic to the CP care for some of the Dominionist & overt theocratic language in the preamble, nor the unrealistic wording of the Pro-Life plank and other official stances the puts the CP too far out in the fringe for some conservative’s comfort.

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