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GOP senator unloads on Trump in constituent call, saying 'he mocks evangelicals' and has 'flirted with White supremacists'

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, delivers an opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Supreme Court associate justice nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would fortify the high court's conservative majority, and spotlight the rightward march of the federal judiciary under Trump and the GOP-controlled Senate. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse criticized President Donald Trump earlier this week during a private phone call with constituents, saying a number of unflattering things about the President, including that he's "flirted with White supremacists" and "kisses dictators' butts," his office confirmed to CNN.

Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Ben Sasse criticized President Donald Trump earlier this week during a private phone call with constituents, saying a number of unflattering things about the President, including that he's "flirted with White supremacists" and "kisses dictators' butts," his office confirmed to CNN.

He hasn't lifted a finger on behalf of the Hong Kongers," Sasse said in response to a constituent's question about his relationship with Trump and his past criticisms of the President.

"If young people become permanent Democrats because they've just been repulsed by the obsessive nature of our politics, or if women who were willing to still vote with the Republican Party in 2016 decide that they need to turn away from this party permanently in the future, the debate is not going to be, you know, 'Ben Sasse, why were you so mean to Donald Trump?' " he said.

Sasse's criticism comes the same week that Trump was also lambasted by another member of his party -- Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah -- who pointed to the President's rhetoric as helping to cause the "vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass" that he said is the current tone of American politics.

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