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So it seems that Sen. Ben Sasse really competence be positioning himself to run as a primary challenger to Donald Trump in 2020. On New Year’s Eve, the Nebraska Republican posted on Twitter a brief video of himself holding a appropriate at Trump’s slight fibbing and attacks on the press. In the clip, Sasse piously announces that it’s “not useful to call the press the rivalry of the American people” and warns that the republic “will not work but shared facts.”
The strategy worked as was likely intended: Sasse got a round of intense media coverage, portraying him as a man of bravery and integrity. It’s also complete malarkey. Sasse likes to hear himself talk, no doubt about it, but when it actually comes to holding action, possibly to stop Trump or to mount up for facts, he is reduction than worthless. While he may not be as decorated as the orange commander-in-chief, Sasse is committed both to ancillary Trump’s bulletin and swelling misinformation to accelerate far-right causes.
Despite his explain to enterprise “shared facts,” the record shows that Sasse is a outrageous proponent of systematic misinformation and even swindling theories. For instance, Sasse is a climate-change denier who voted against an amendment affirming the systematic reality that human activity is changing the planet’s climate. He’s backed up this feeling to scholarship with a voting record that has constructed a 0 percent scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters.
Sasse is smart adequate to know better than to roar about how meridian change is a hoax concocted by communists to destroy capitalism. But his “soft” denialism — he claims to “believe the meridian is changing” but to have “less certainty than you about the bulk of change,” with “you” referring to people who actually know the science — competence actually be worse. It creates scholarship denialism sound reasonable, which is simply cover for the same bug-eyed science-hating that drives some of the some-more vehemence believers of this swindling theory, such as President Donald Trump.
Sasse wrote a book about child-rearing, but his unwillingness to strengthen the only world we have calls into doubt his joining to children’s tangible futures. Instead, it’s just one some-more pose, a way for him to demeanour dignified and autocratic but actually doing anything to support younger generations.
The senator’s joining to destroying women’s rights has also led him to welcome anti-science views and swindling theories. The series of fake ideas he promotes about women’s health caring is simply staggering. He has referred to birth control as an “abortifacient,” a reference to the fake anti-choice claim that birth control methods such as the IUD or tablet work by terminating pregnancies. (Both work by preventing pregnancy.) Instead he recommends living with your grandparents as his elite form of birth control, an thought deserted by the 99 percent of Americans who select to have premarital sex. He introduced a check that would ban abortions at 20 weeks, secretly reporting that fetuses can feel pain that early in a pregnancy. (The neurological structures that feel and broadcast pain don’t exist until 29 weeks of gestation.)
Sasse was also an fervent proponent of a hoax claim, perpetuated by anti-choice swindling theorists, that Planned Parenthood is harvesting fetal tools for profit. This hoax has been regularly disproved and should have been apparently fake on its face, as the classification is a nonprofit.
Trump may be some-more colorful when it comes to lying, but the record is clear: Sasse is not a fan of facts. Just like Trump, he rejects those that don’t fit his domestic agenda. Sasse’s posturing about “shared facts” is, perversely, another bit of dishonesty.
As for the Nebraska senator’s steady efforts to heed himself from Trump, it’s correct again to demeanour past difference and towards his actions. FiveThirtyEight has tracked members of Congress in the age of Trump, providing petrify justification of who is actually facing Trumpism and who is complicit — even when they explain not to be. Sasse, no surprise, is almost wholly complicit with Trump, voting for the president’s bulletin 89 percent of the time. This isn’t particularly about being a Republican, either: There are 6 Republican senators who gainsay from Trump some-more mostly than Sasse. Every singular Democrat has a better record of hostile Trump.
To make it worse, Sasse voted regularly against disaster relief for victims of the horrific hurricane season, while even the Trump administration has upheld some service funding. So Sasse’s mangle with Trump, in that instance, shows he’s even colder and reduction meddlesome in the government’s responsibilities to its citizens.
Sasse’s dignified posturing doesn’t lead to a better opinion than Trump about human rights issues, either. He talked a big diversion about honoring Rep. John Lewis’s work as a polite rights leader, but groups like the NAACP and the ACLU give Sasse rock-bottom ratings when it comes to his tangible votes on secular probity issues. He claims to be “pro-life,” but his prolonged record of opposing food and housing assistance, welfare and universal health caring make it transparent that his regard for “life” doesn’t extend past its utility for punishing women who have sex by depriving them of termination access. When it comes to the immigration issue, Sasse has upheld virulently extremist policies, pushing the fake thought that immigrants means crime and attacking the “so-called Dreamers” while introducing bills that would serve marginalize people who came to the United States as tiny children and have mostly never famous another country as home.
If Sasse is using against Trump, he’s banking on the thought that what Republicans wish is Trump, but with an combined sip of vanity and sanctimony. There’s no justification this is the case. On the contrary, Trump appears to have won the 2016 primary, despite having no domestic story or an ability to even adopt bargain of the issues, since electorate favourite the fact that he served up exposed prejudice but any required Republican dignified posturing. Sasse is likely to review as the artificial he is to regressive bottom voters, who have finished it transparent that they are finished with sanctimonious that the politics of perversion is a eminent endeavor.
Amanda Marcotte is a politics author for Salon. She’s on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte.