Over the past year and a half President Trump has received his fair share of detractors. Many of which come from within his own party. Numerous Republicans in the House and Senate have denounced him and even refused to endorse him even though he is now President. One, in particular, being Senator Ben Sasse. But the Iowa Republican Party Chair completely eviscerated Sasse for not supporting the President, who was unanimously supported in the state.
During a recent event in Iowa, Republican Party Chair Jeff Kaufmann showed his support for the party by riling up the crowd by putting down “Never-Trumpers,” and those who refuse to support the President in the past and in the present. He singled out Senator Ben Sasse who represents Nebraska. Kaufmann labeled him sanctimonious and issued a warning… stay out of Iowa if you don’t like the President.
“We had Sen. Ben Sasse from Nebraska, he crosses the Missouri River, and in that sanctimonious tone talks about what he doesn’t like about Donald Trump. You know what, Sen. Sasse? I really don’t care what you like. We love Donald Trump. And if you don’t love him, I suggest you stay on your side of the Missouri River. I think this is all about him getting a name for himself. Ben Sasse is gonna say that because Ben Sasse is running for president in 2024.”
He went on to tell Politico that Senator Sasse is an arrogant academic. Kaufmann went as far as to say that Sasse opposed the President and his policies for his own political gain. One person who did not agree with Kaufmann was Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere of “Pat & Stu,” a conservative radio talk show. Burguiere said the following about Kaufmann,
“You’re not allowed to say what you don’t like about Donald Trump? It’s so embarrassing that someone who is supposed to be on the right would think that way. He’s basically putting up a Craiglist ad to invite Donald Trump over to his house.”
Burguiere went as far as to say that Kaufmann’s ideology of opposing anyone who disagrees with the President is more akin to North Korean politics and their dictatorship. Insinuating that it is somehow dangerous to have opinions. Let’s get one thing straight, Kaufmann wasn’t threatening Sasse, he was just being rude. While that might offend some people’s delicate sensibilities he has the right to be as rude as he wants. All he talked about was how he hated Senator Sasse because he felt he was arrogant.
Senator Sasse notably campaigned for Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio, and even businesswoman Carly Fiorina in a clear show that he is not a supporter of Donald Trump. At one point he mocked the President for his so-called lack of understanding of the Constitution and he often poked him about his questionable morality. Many consider him part of the Never Trump movement. Despite being less acerbic in his cutting comments as of late.
The President is known for having rallies and events where there is an individual who riles up the crowd and gets everyone excited for the main event. Kaufmann’s comments were hardly incendiary. It isn’t like he asked people to hurt him. People need to get a grip and stop being so politically correct.
The only way the Republican party is going to come together is if Republican lawmakers stand behind the President and work with him on Capitol Hill. The last thing the party and Americans need is a divided party. They need one that sticks together to effectuate real legislation and make a difference.