Open Letter to Trump Supporters

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 at 8:03 am


To my friends supporting Donald Trump:

The Trump coalition is broad and complicated, but I believe many Trump fans are well-meaning. I have spoken at length with many of you, both inside and outside Nebraska. You are rightly worried about our national direction. You ache about a crony-capitalist leadership class that is not urgent about tackling our crises. You are right to be angry.

I’m as frustrated and saddened as you are about what’s happening to our country. But I cannot support Donald Trump.

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. 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.

Mr. Trump’s relentless focus is on dividing Americans, and on tearing down rather than building back up this glorious nation. Much like President Obama, he displays essentially no understanding of the fact that, in the American system, we have a constitutional system of checks and balances, with three separate but co-equal branches of government. And the task of public officials is to be public “servants.” The law is king, and the people are boss. But have you noticed how Mr. Trump uses the word “Reign” – like he thinks he’s running for King? It’s creepy, actually. Nebraskans are not looking for a king. We yearn instead for the recovery of a Constitutional Republic.

At this point in Nebraska discussions, many of you have immediately gotten practical: “Okay, fine, you think there are better choices than Trump. But you would certainly still vote for Trump over Clinton in a general election, right?”

Before I explain why my answer is “Neither of them,” let me correct some nonsense you might have heard on the internet of late.

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12 Responses to “Open Letter to Trump Supporters”

  1. mike191 on 29/29/16 at 2:27 pm

    Dear Mr. Sasse:

    Thank you for this civil letter on the dangers of Mr. Trump.After reading this letter,I am a Dr. Carson supporter, your letter only
    makes Mr. Trump more viable to me.

    Your expository of fidelity is questionable in the pledge of loyalty
    Mr. Trump took to become a candidate of the Republican Party.
    You sir seem to be immune to the concept of fidelity.{you should
    re-read Mr. Burke}

    The idea of checks and balances rings hallow in the Corker-Cardin Amendment which Tom Cotton of your home state stood alone.Mr.Trump has no finger print on this shredding of the Constitution and the safety of the Republic as Mr. Cruz clearly demonstrated.
    While we are talking about the powers of the Constitution, what ever happened to the Power of The Purse concept?

    I always thought that a Conservative mindset would attempt to shrink the size of Government and give greater power back to the states and people.Yet,Mr. Cruz was absent on a bill he help co-sponsor in auditing the Fed. At the very least Mr. Trump has stated he would eliminate the Department of Education.

    I am incredulous about the mantel of “movement conservative”
    for the magic of Washington always betrays what someone
    promises to win an election and what they deliver.How many bills of Term Limits have you introduced?

    I have no illusions of the Democrats using immigration as a nexus for political power even if this divides and “..tears down
    our glorious country.”To make Mr Trump the “rough beast” of The Wasteland over this issue and the seven years of Obama is a tough sell. You might want to call Mr. Trump the new barbarian at the gates, which is your call but not mine.

  2. Crrr6 on 1/01/16 at 9:22 am

    I live in VA and voted for Rubio today. I will vote for any GOP candidate over Hillary in the general because I am desperate for some relief after 8 years Obama. But, I am under no illusions that this country is anything but finished. We are arguing over scraps right now, which is stupid.

    There is no political solution with the left. You think you’re going to eventually persuade them into becoming ordered government constitutionalists? Keep dreaming. They are importing a new third world country into this existing country in order to solidify their political power base permanently. Yes, I know Rubio is compromised on that, but I also think it’s too late for a border-hawk nationalist to win, though I would vote for Trump in a general.

    These people are about imposing their agenda at all costs, and your wants and grievances can be placed under the DNC bus wheel. We don’t have a fixable country because we are two countries living in an arranged marriage from 200+ years ago. The sooner you wake up and realize this the better.

  3. Jill Monterey on 1/01/16 at 9:26 am

    “Mr. Trump’s relentless focus is on dividing Americans”


    Americans are divided. We are sharply polarized. There is no “uniting” the socialists and the Constitutional conservatives. There is no “purple” America. There is no point in supporting a candidate of unity. We can only try to destroy leftism in America, not unite with it.

    Long live division, until that happy day when we win the war against leftism!

  4. T on 1/01/16 at 9:33 am

    To the bigots:

    I will do everything I can to tank your socialist con man, up to and including a vote for Hillary. There are many like me.

    Have a nice day.

  5. RoyalOil on 1/01/16 at 10:06 am

    Dear Sen. Sasse:

    What bill have you drafted and introduced that will reduce the power of the Presidency?


    Oh, so it’s not the tyranny of Obama or Trump that bothers you, it’s that your insider is not the one wielding the power.

    Because a Constitutional Presidency–as the Founders intended–is nothing to fear no matter who is in office.

    The Presidency you–you and men like you Sen. Sasse–have allowed to fester and grow and consume all it touches is indeed an office to fear.

    And you, you want to stop Trump–but not the evil that would make a Trump Presidency evil.

  6. Frumious Bandersnatch on 1/01/16 at 10:07 am

    It may just be me, but calling your opponents ‘bigots’ doesn’t seem likely to make them see your point. More especially as ad-hominum is what leftists do…

    I rather prefer Guiliana’s maxim: “Good men can disagree.” Or, if your prefer, my Mom’s: “If you cannot say anything good about a person, say nothing at all.”

    At the risk of being contentious, I would ask how logical is it to vote for a hard core socialist because you are against a candidate who is a possible soft socialist? Especially as the current GOPe’s actions while in power seem to be more nanny statist than the candidate of your vituperations?

  7. Steve S on 1/01/16 at 10:14 am

    Unfortunately, following the tepid, (at best), attempts by the Republican controlled House and Senate to push conservative causes, their unwillingness to exercise their constitutionally mandated powers to slow, or halt Obama’s liberal agenda, and their often outright lies, I will not support either Cruz, or Rubio.

    Both these candidates have demonstrated an unfortunate willingness to further corporate cronyism. Both, in my opinion, are establishment, and both, I fear, will abandon promises made to the conservative base if elected.

    The RNC, the establishment, and their preferred candidates have made it abundantly clear over the last several years, that their interest in representing me, and my principles ends the moment I cast my vote. I’m done with them, and that means I will be voting for Trump.

  8. jhaley59 on 1/01/16 at 10:22 am

    So take your toys and go home, I hear all the rather let it burn than vote Trump camp rhetoric. My answer is that you are wrong. You may not like it, but we/this country can live and survive a 4 year Trump presidency, just like we survived 8 years of Obama. I cannot say the same for Hillary, the next president will have at least two supreme court appointees, possible more. I cannot begin to list how bad a Hillary presidency will be. It will make Obama look like a choir boy. Rapist in white house, selling military secrets to China, a congress rolling over to show lip service opposition, a large up tic of “suicides”, an enemy’s list that would make Nixon blush. All the bad policy’s that Obama would have accomplished if he had not been so incompetent and lazy. Continuation of Obamas foreign policy. So the next time we/I hear a Trump presidency wouldn’t be any different. My answer is “BS”. The republican congress will suddenly grow a pair and fight him Tooth and nail of he steps out of line, the Dems want support him because they will be eyeing the White house in 4 years with a far better candidate than the Hildabeast.
    , Trump will be the R candidate because that is who you (the Republicans) nominated, notice I SAID YOU, as a registered democrat in Kentucky I cannot vote in the R primary. Yes I’m a democrat in name only like 50% of all Ky D’s . So Trump signs the pledge not to run third party, but you and other R elite feel that because of your “morals” you cannot honor that pledge! That’s why I claim pox on both your houses. I find very little differences in either party. They both talk the big talk, but while they are setting in a circle j%&(*## &&f the country goes to hell!

  9. doesky on 1/01/16 at 11:07 am

    Trump is last on my list for Repubs but I’ll vote for him over the Hildebeast.

    I assume Sasse was all for Trump signing the agreement and now he wants to VOID it since the unexpected (Trump winning nomination) is going to happen. Well that says everything I need to know about his integrity. BTW, I believe Trump would have broken the agreement so Sasse and Trump are more alike than not.

    A 3rd candidate will just ensure a Clinton win. The country will survive a boxed-in Trump but it will NOT survive Clinton appointing 2-4 SCOTUS judges. A clinton packed SCOTUS will be end the US as we know it.

    Sasse is an A$$.

  10. doesky on 1/01/16 at 11:18 am

    The reason the country is so politically polarized is that government has grown to such a scale that it now determines winners and losers of the general public. So when the government has its tentacles in every aspect of everybodies life than everything becomes political.

    In short. the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

    Face it, we’re hosed.
    I’m investing in food and gun food (ammo).

  11. John Morris on 1/01/16 at 12:11 pm

    Pointless plea. I prefer Cruz but will vote Trump if Rubio is still in when I vote.

    The Establishment is pretty much the only ones still free to act here and any complaints should be directed to them.

    Trump beats Rubio because a Cruz elimination puts more of his voters in the Trump camp (like me) because we are anti-establishment and anti-amnesty.

    Rubio beats Cruz because that is what always happens in establishemnt vs conservative throwdowns. See 1976, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012. But Trump won’t be the next one out and the establishment refuses to admit defeat.

    Cruz beats Trump because Rubio voters are mostly party regular and would obey a Unity call.

    The Establishment can reprogram Rubiobot to act as a Cruz surrogate and end this civil war. Apparently, for all the sound and fury of NR’s “Against Trump”, stopping Cruz is a higher priority for them.

    So be it. They veto Cruz, we veto Rubio, we all get Trump. Stop whining and accept it.

  12. JoeBob on 1/01/16 at 1:31 pm


    What in the heck are you talking about? Your rant is almost incoherent and not worth responding to, but I feel like giving it a shot.

    > You sir seem to be immune to the concept of fidelity.

    As Sasse said, a political party is a “tool,” not a family or even a group of friends. If it ceases to be useful implementing your personal and individual beliefs, you discard it. The fact that you speak of the GOP in terms of fidelity (loyalty, faithfulness, etc.) means you ripe for entering “useful idiot” status to be used by those currently in power to accumulate even more power. Our leaders and those that want to become our leaders should always be held to a high standard with their feet to the fire so that we try to keep them honest and in line with what we the people elected them for. If they as individual politicians or it as a political party ceases to advance what we want, we force them or it to change, not grin and bear it for the sake of “fidelity.”

    > Mr.Trump has no finger print on this shredding of the Constitution and the safety of the Republic as Mr. Cruz clearly demonstrated.

    First, while Trump does not currently have his fingerprints on the shredding of the Constitution, you can be damn sure he’ll jam that paper shredder power button to full speed if he’s elected to POTUS. Just look at his public statements! Threatening to unilaterally expand libel laws to allow people to sue media for merely negative coverage such that it will unconstitutionally chill and limit free speech. And generally believing that Obama has been setting precedent on executive orders. He may end up rescinding some of Obama’s EOs, but clearly he means that the method to enacting his own far-reaching unconstitutional EOs has been created.

    And WTH are you talking about with Cruz and his compromising the Constitution and the safety of our Republic? Name one example where Cruz has been anything but a constitutional stalwart.

    > I always thought that a Conservative mindset would attempt to shrink the size of Government and give greater power back to the states and people.Yet,Mr. Cruz was absent on a bill he help co-sponsor in auditing the Fed.

    He co-sponsored it, and was campaigning hard for the nomination when the vote was held. Does that suddenly mean he’s for bigger government, or something? Your leaps of logic are silly.

    > At the very least Mr. Trump has stated he would eliminate the Department of Education.

    So has Cruz. And you know for sure the Cruz means and does what he says, whereas Trump is all over the place with his inconsistent beliefs and statement that “[he’s] capable of changing to anything I want to change to.” You really trust this guy?

    > How many bills of Term Limits have you introduced?

    Sentor Sasse is one of the very few congressmen to actually sign a pledge to support term limits legislation.

    Finally, how you go from supporting Carson to Trump is beyond me. Carson is clearly more closer in intelligence, conservative principles, and respectability to Cruz than he is with Trump.