His video ricocheted around the Republican universe on Thursday night and Friday not because it was critical of Trump — as Sasse and other traditionalists have been before — but because it so directly challenged Trump’s most ardent supporters.
They constitute a massive base of Republican voters, striking fear in many party officeholders. On the eve of Trump’s second impeachment trial — and even with the former president’s poll numbers within the GOP falling off slightly — Sasse remains an outlier in his willingness to denounce the president‘s false claims and other actions. That makes him a study in contrast with pro-Trumpers like Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, two other GOP presidential prospects who led Senate objections to Joe Biden’s victory.
With his unflinching video, the senator from one of the reddest states in the nation is testing the limits of never-Trumpism in a post-Trump world.
“He’s the first guy taking on the grassroots activists in his own…
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