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Sen. Ben Sasse unloads on white nationalist: ‘You don’t get America’

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) blasted white nationalist Richard Spencer, writing that “racists like you are to blame” for America’s divide. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)\n

In a series of viral tweets Thursday evening, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) blasted white nationalist Richard Spencer, writing that anyone who embraces "alt-right" ideology doesn’t “get America.”

Sasse tweeted an article about a statement Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) made earlier this week alleging that Russian internet trolls — in an effort to further polarize Americans — helped fuel the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s comments about NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

Lankford, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that Russian trolls were posting comments on both sides of the debate.

Sasse backed Lankford’s comments, writing, “No one loves American-vs-American fighting more than [Russian President Vladimir] Putin. His intel agencies stoke both sides of every divide.”

Spencer replied to Sasse’s tweet, calling him a “goober” conservative.

The tweetstorm

Sasse blasted Spencer, writing that “racists like you are to blame” for America’s divide, adding that “Putin's agencies also love using you as their divisive tool.”

He then hit Spencer as a “brown-shirt-pajama-boy Nazi.”

In subsequent tweets, Sasse wrote:

You don’t get America. You said: "You do not have some human right, some abstract thing given to you by God or something like that." Actually, that's exactly what America declares we do have: People are the image-bearers of God, created with dignity and inalienable rights. Sadly, you don't understand human dignity. A person's skin, ancestry, and bank balance have nothing to do with their intrinsic value. This declaration of universal dignity is what America is about. Madison called our Constitution "the greatest reflection on human nature."

You talk about culture but don't know squat about western heritage — which sees people not as tribes but as individuals of limitless worth. The celebration of universal dignity IS our culture, and it rejects your "white culture" crybaby politics. It rejects all identity politics. Sometime after moving back into your parents' basement, you knock-off Nazis fell in love with reheated 20th century will-to-power garbage. Your "ideas" aren't just hateful, un-American poison — they're also just so dang boring. The future doesn't belong to your stupid memes.

Sasse concluded by telling Spencer, “Get a real job, Clown.”


Twitter users applauded Sasse's comments:

(H/T: ABC News)

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