What Should Sen. Ben Sasse Have Done During the Interview with Bill Maher?


by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 3, 2017) — On Friday, “comedian” and host of HBO’s “Real Time” Bill Maher hosted a number guests on his program, including Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) to speak about his book, “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis–and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance.”

Maher is known for his edgy style, mocking of various religions, and general “political incorrectness.”  The show is in its 15 season.

Unlike most programs today, the program is broadcast live.  His guests are often left-leaning and have included Jane Fonda, Keith Olbermann, and Democrat politicians and writers.

Sasse placed himself in the “Never Trump” category early in the primary season last year. In a Facebook post dated February 28, 2016, he stated, in part, “Mr. Trump’s relentless focus is on dividing Americans, and on tearing down rather than building back up this glorious nation…”

Sasse believes that Trump is a First Amendment opponent.

Toward the end of the post, Sasse wrote:

A presidential candidate who boasts about what he’ll do during his “reign” and refuses to condemn the KKK cannot lead a conservative movement in America.

If Sasse was referring to David Duke’s endorsement of Trump, he was incorrect, as Trump stressed his disavowal publicly the day after Sasse’s post.  However, that report is difficult to locate in the mainstream media.

During remarks made on Maher’s show, Sasse characterized the election as “a dumpster fire.”

An article published last month by ABC News describing Sasse’s background and reasons for writing the book states, “In the book, the senator shares lots of ideas about how to bring up strong, principled children, including making sure they get dirt under their fingernails. In fact, he sent his 14-year-old daughter to work on a cattle ranch.”

As of this writing, there are no comments on Sasse’s Facebook page about the Maher interview.

Others are wondering why Sasse did not denounce Maher’s feeble attempt at humor.

The Huffington Post attempted to make the case that Maher was “apparently confused by the invitation” Sasse issued for Maher to visit Nebraska and “work in the fields.”

Maher, however, characterized the slur as “a joke.”

One Twitter commenter remarked:

The sentiment was echoed by another:

Some were not critical of Sasse:

and believe he was unfairly targeted:

One commenter called for Sasse to resign:

Well-known commentator, author and speaker Dinesh D’Souza said:

On Twitter, Sasse released the following in response to the interview:

Tweets continue to fill Sasse’s timeline by the hundreds.

Some news outlets asked if Maher had “crossed a line” by using the slur.

On Saturday morning, The Post & Email contacted Sasse through his website:

We received the following automated response:

The Post & Email will advise if we receive a statement from Sasse’s office to our questions.

Update, 4:04 p.m.:  The Hill is reporting that Maher apologized for his racial remark.

Editor’s Note:  So is this the end of it?

2 Responses to "What Should Sen. Ben Sasse Have Done During the Interview with Bill Maher?"

  1. Dr. Lou   Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Thank you for this article. It seems to me that the Left is beginning to turn their anti fascist, fascist tactics on their own. First, Colbert then Griffin, now Maher. The Lefts intolerance of free thought and expression is forcing their leaders to jump through hoops to avoid aggravating and injuring the sensitivities of their own followers. What the aforementioned cretins said was stupid; no more and no less. They deserve the consequences of their stupidity; they will get no sympathy from me. But the Lefts reactions are virulent and vicious. Their leaders are beginning to realize they have created a monster in their following, and it’s getting out of control and coming for them. Look at the inanity happening in our colleges. Will the Lefts leaders turn on their followers like Stalin turned on his generals? And by the way, Sen. Sasse could use a history lesson. The KKK was the military arm of the Democratic Party, and every member of that group, starting with their founder was a Democrat. So, let the Left eat their own, and good riddance, I say!

  2. Hillbilly   Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Just more of the liberal left’s attack on free speech and more liberal hypocrisy. It is ok for African Americans, Blacks, to use the slang word for Negroes but other races cannot. To the best of my knowledge the word Negro is still in the dictionary and is still the name of a race of people.


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