The Nebraska Republican Party’s state central committee formally expressed disappointment, but did not reach a formal censure, though the resolution said Sasse “is berated” by the Nebraska Republican Party.
A Nebraska Republican Party official confirmed the action to CNN on Saturday. The meeting was delayed earlier this month due to a winter storm.
“Senator Sasse’s conviction of President Trump and his support for President Trump’s impeachment have been liberally used several times by Democrats as justification for a truncated impeachment process that denied due process to the president,” the resolution reads. .
“The Central Committee of the Republican Party of Nebraska expresses its deep disappointment and sadness regarding the service of Senator Ben Sasse and calls for an immediate readjustment whereby he represents the people of Nebraska before Washington and not Washington before the people of Nebraska.” added the resolution. .
Sasse, who did not appear at the meeting, dismissed the threat of the Nebraska Republican Party to punish him. He was reprimanded by the party in 2016, but won by about 5 points more than Trump in the state last fall. President Joe Biden won the state’s second congressional district and a single Omaha-area electoral college vote.
James Wegmann, a spokesman for Sasse, also dismissed the state party’s move.
“Ben won many more votes and also won more censures than anyone in Nebraska history, so maybe the two go hand in hand,” Wegmann said in a statement. “Don’t stick your finger in the wind.”
The reprimands underscore the reality that, at the state and local levels and with the party base, Trump remains overwhelmingly popular and there is little desire to sideline him or move on to a new generation of leaders now that he’s out of office.