Sen. Sasse to Trump: Step Aside and 'Let Pence Try'
One Republican senator who has been a longtime critic of party nominee Donald Trump said on Twitter that it is time for the New York businessman to give his running mate a chance at the top of the ticket.
Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) tweeted Saturday that "Donald Trump is obviously not going to win", adding that he could "make an honorable move [and] step aside & let Mike Pence try" to win the election on November 8.
Sasse, 44, who has won both praise and derision for vocally criticizing Trump throughout the campaign, reportedly said in July that he was open to supporting the Libertarian Party due to Trump's candidacy.
Character matters.@realDonaldTrump is obviously not going to win.
But he can still make an honorable move:
Step aside & let Mike Pence try.
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) October 8, 2016
For his part, Trump has in turn jabbed Sasse on Twitter on occasion, in response to criticism from the senator.
With his statement Saturday, Sasse joined a bevy of fellow Republicans, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) and 2008 presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in condemning and distancing themselves from Trump.
Pence was reportedly "beside himself" as well, after hearing the leaked tape of Trump discussing women in a lewd manner before starring in a soap opera cameo in 2005.