Senator Ben Sasse admits he 'regularly' considers leaving the GOP

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) acknowledged on Saturday that he “regularly” considers leaving the Republican Party, making the admission as part of a series of tweets in which he decried the increasing role conspiracy theories play in today’s politics and media.

Sasse, elected to his seat in 2014, said he feared the U.S. was “headed toward a place where hefty majorities of both sides of the electorate are going to regularly embrace unsupported and blatantly false assertions.”

When one of his followers asked him if he ever considered switching parties, just as she switched from Democrat to no-party, Sasse replied: “yep, regularly consider it.”

Sasse is one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal Republican critics in Congress. He attracted attention during the 2016 presidential campaign when he said he would not vote for Trump but instead would back a third-party candidate. Since Trump’s election, Sasse regularly taken issue with the president’s behavior ― last year, for instance, the lawmaker criticized conservatives for backing Trump’s attacks on the media.

RELATED: Sen. Ben Sasse, (R-Nebraska)

Sen. Ben Sasse, (R-Nebraska)
See Gallery
Sen. Ben Sasse, (R-Nebraska)
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) questions Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 18: Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., talk as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Full committee hearing on 'Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice' on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 10: Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., listens as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing on 'Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data'on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 25: Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., helps his daughter Alexandra, 14, with algebra homework during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Dirksen Building titled 'Global Challenges and U.S. National Security Strategy,' featuring testimony by former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, on January 25, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 528 -- Pictured: (l-r) Senator Ben Sasse during an interview with host Seth Meyers on May 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 13: Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., right, and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., arrive for a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing titled 'The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress,' featuring testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen in Dirksen Building on July 13, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 12: Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., listens as Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis testifies during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07: Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (L), walks with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) at the Capitol Hill February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump nominated Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to fill the seat that had left vacant with the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 8: Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, attend a Senate Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee hearing in Dirksen Building titled 'Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election,' featuring testimony by former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on May 8, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
US Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2016 at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, outside Washington, March 3, 2016. Republican activists, organizers and voters gather for the Conservative Political Action Conference at a critical moment for the Republican Party as Donald Trump marches towards the presidential nomination and GOP stalwarts consider whether -- or how -- to stop him. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) asks a question as former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies about potential Russian interference in the presidential election before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., U.S. May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) (L) is ceremonially sworn in by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden with Sasse's wife Melissa Sasse, son Augustin Sasse and daughter Elizabeth Sasse in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. The 114th Congress convened on Tuesday, restoring control of both the House and Senate to the Republicans for the first time in eight years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 07: Ben Sasse, republican congressional candidate from Nebraska, is interviewed by Roll Call. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 13: Freshman GOP Senators pose for a group photo with Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., in front of the Ohio Clock in the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. From left are Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., David Perdue, R-Ga., Michael Rounds, R-S.D., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Steve Daines, R-Mont., Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Dan Sullivan, R-AK, Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and James Lankford, R-Okla. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Last week, Sasse called out the president for assailing Attorney General Jeff Session over the Justice Department pursuing federal criminal charges against two Republican House members, both of whom were early and staunch supporters of Trump.

Sasse has also identified himself as an “independent conservative who caucuses with the Republicans.”

Still, even as he doesn’t hesitate to publicly lash out at Trump, Sasse can be counted on to back the administration’s legislative agenda. According to the FiveThirtyEight website’s congressional tracker, Sasse votes in favor of Trump’s policies 86.7 percent of the time. He also is expected to vote to confirm Trump’s controversial Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

The 46-year-old Sasse, who’s up for re-election in 2020, insisted last week that he’s not focused on his own political future.

“I’m the second or third most conservative person in the Senate by voting record, and I don’t hide any of that,” he said during a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “But most of what I care about isn’t stuff that we’re actually debating in the Congress. So I’m not really that interested in incumbency.”

Meanwhile, the senator’s advisors old The Washington Post not to take seriously his suggestion that he might abandon the Republican Party.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.