One of Nebraska’s senators has some questions for one of the front-runners in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) spent Sunday evening posting five specific questions, through a series of tweets from his personal account, for Donald Trump.
Mr @realDonaldTrump: You've struck a chord w/American ppl. (My folks email me abt u weekly). I think because you’ve rightly diagnosed (cont)
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) January 25, 2016
KMTV has condensed (and edited out ‘Twitter’ abbreviations) each of the 20 different Twitter posts for you to read below:
“Mr [Donald Trump]: You’ve struck a chord with the American people. (My folks email me about you weekly). I think because you’ve rightly diagnosed much of what’s wrong in DC. You’re very talented and on a huge roll. If I were betting, you’re likely next president of the United States. Congrats. But in our house, we’ve talked about your phenomenal campaign a lot. Good to see people talking directly about D.C.’s big mess. But at the same time, we have questions about how you would govern. Would like to ask you some questions, if you are willing?
1. You said you want single-payer “government pays for everyone” health care. If that isn’t your position now when did you change? Why?
2. You’ve said you “hate the concept of guns.” Why the change? When did it happen? What’s the Second Amendment mean to you?
3. A few years ago you proposed $6 trillion tax hike. Still want to do that? Agree with Biden that higher taxes equal more patriotism?
4. You brag about many affairs with married women. Have you repented? To harmed children and spouses? Do you think it matters?
5. I believe one of the most damaging things POTUS Obama did is ignore Constitution, act on his own and bypass Congress… Next GOP POTUS must roll this back and reaffirm a Constitutional system before we lose this special inheritance forever… Do you agree that exec unilateralism is very bad? Because you talk A LOT about “running the country” as though... one man should “run America.” Will you commit to rolling back exec power and undoing Obama unilateral habit?
These are sincere questions and I sincerely hope you answer rather than insult. Many great Americans are in your camp and they deserve straight answers. America doesn’t need a strongman. We need a Constitution. Someone who knows the meaning of America isn’t what happens in D.C., but what happens when free people come together to secure ordered liberty. America isn’t about our bureaucrats are. And isn’t who is in the Oval [Office] “Running the country.” WE THE PEOPLE run this country. The whole point of America is that the people are bigger than the governments. It’s the thing that makes us exceptional across history. The president’s job is not to “run America.” This is precisely Obama’s error. The “presiding officer” of the executive branch has the job of defending constitution and “faithfully executing” the specific laws of a limited government. This is why America is exceptional and getting back to this constitutional idea is the only way to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain"
Sasse opened his Twitter storm by saying he met people at the “First in the Nation Presidential Town Hall” in New Hampshire on Friday who liked Trump, but weren’t sure of his beliefs. Sasse was there to give the keynote speech for the opening night dinner.
Trump has not yet directly responded to any of Sasse’s tweets, but did share a new campaign video Monday morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2016
“The establishment, the media, the special interests, the lobbyists, the donors – They’re all against me. I’m still funding my campaign. I don’t owe anybody anything. I only owe it to the American people to do a great job. They are really trying to stop me. Everybody knows it. Everybody sees it. We’re going to win. We’re going to win it for the people. We’re going to win it for our country. We’re going to make America great again,” Trump says directly into the camera during the 36-second clip.
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