Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) confronted Sean Hannity Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, chastising the Fox News host for suggesting his refusal to vote for Donald Trump was equivalent to a vote for Hillary Clinton.
The brief verbal altercation occurred as Hannity spoke privately with Glenn Beck at TheBlaze's booth on radio row. Sasse "jetted" over, according to a Blaze contributor who saw the Nebraska senator dart over when he spotted Hannity.
"Sean and I are friends," Beck recounted on his television program. "He said, ‘Hey can I talk to you?’ I said, ‘Sure.’ So we went back ... and we were having a conversation about Donald Trump and what is going on, very friendly, when Senator Ben Sasse walked up."
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) speaks to Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck at CPAC. (Image source: GlennBeck.com)
"He came over and he said, ‘Sean Hannity, what you are doing is bull!'" Beck said. "And I have never seen Ben like that."
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"He was angry. … And Sean said, ‘Excuse me?’ And he said, ‘What you’re doing is bull!’ And he said, ‘Who are you?’ Which didn’t make things better," Beck continued. "And he said, ‘I am Senator Ben Sasse.’"
"Sean just didn’t recognize him and that happens," Beck added. "And he said, ‘You can cuss me out all you want.’ And he said, ‘I’m not cussing you out, I’m cussing out your actions.' He said, ‘You have gone on the air and said because I took what I believe to be a moral position and said I cannot vote for Donald Trump, I will not vote for Donald Trump, you are telling my constituents that I am voting for Hillary Clinton. And I am not voting for Hillary Clinton. And Sean said, ‘I didn’t say that. It’s half a vote for Hillary Clinton.’"
James Wegmann, Sasse's communications director, confirmed in a statement provided to TheBlaze that the senator spoke with Hannity at the conference.
“Senator Sasse had an impromptu conversation with Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity at CPAC today. Senator Sasse wanted to make sure that Mr. Hannity understood that he opposes both New York liberals— Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton," Wegmann said. "We will politely decline to comment on the specifics of the conversation.”
Hannity declined to comment Thursday night when reached by TheBlaze.
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