In the interview, Sasse discussed the overall political climate in the Senate currently, along with his criticisms of now-President Trump.
“Do you think that infighting creates a situation in which everyday Americans write off all politicians as cheaters and liars? It might explain how Donald Trump won, because it didn’t make any difference to anybody that he seemed immoral — they thought of him as no worse than every other politician?” interviewer Ana Marie Cox asked.
“I would argue pretty vociferously that it’s also because of who his opponent was,” Sasse said. “If Joe Biden would have run against Donald Trump, Biden would have won in a landslide.”
The forty-five year old Senator then added when asked about his criticisms of Trump that he campaigned with”pretty much anybody not named Trump or Huckabee.”
When asked if he was trying to “unseat” Ted Cruz as the “intellectual of the Senate,” Sasse said that he doesn’t see it that way.
“I don’t see what I’m trying to do as trying to be the intellectual in the Senate,” Sasse said.
“I’m the third or fourth most conservative guy by voting record in the institution, and yet most of the stuff I care about is not really partisan,” he continued. “We have had no foreign policy for the past 28 years for dealing with a post-Cold War world. And now you layer on nonstate actors, like jihadis, who have a presence in a quarter to a third of all the countries in the world, and the governments in those countries aren’t the main source of power anymore. But that isn’t anywhere near what keeps the spies and generals up at night, about how cyberattacks will transform war and create all these gray areas that aren’t quite war but are warlike. I cannot, for the life of me, imagine what the obvious Republican-versus-Democratic answer looks like, with the divide between the two parties in trying to figure out a national-security strategy in this new age.”