The Nebraska GOP shamed itself over the weekend thanks to Nebraska’s Senator Deb Fischer. Nebraska Republicans admit that behind the scenes Fischer pulls many strings and controls her nephew. Her nephew, with Senator Fischer’s blessings, orchestrated a resolution to attack Fischer’s fellow Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.
Sasse opposes Donald Trump and the Fischers’ prepared a resolution condemning Sasse for doing so. They orchestrated this attack on Sasse after Sasse himself had stood before the convention and praised Senator Fischer saying, in part,
I was also going to make a few comments about American Exceptionalism on the global stage but Senator Fischer did such a great job of that I think I’m going to forgo that piece of what I was going to talk about a little bit and simply associate myself with our Senior Senator’s comments.
“Nebraska is fortunate to have Senator Fischer as the Chairwoman of the Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee, one of the most important—there are sort of 30ish committees in the Senate, 12 or 13 or 14 that people clamor to be on, four that actually have a lot of power, and Armed Services is one of those. We are fortunate to have Senator Fischer chairing one of the most important subcommittees of that committee. So I’ll just echo her comments there.
It went downhill from there.
After all of this, Shirley Huss, the Chair of the Nebraska Federation of Republican Women, introduced a resolution with the following language:
“Be it resolved that the Nebraska Republican Party strongly opposes all degrading remarks toward women, minorities, and other individuals by Republican elected office holders or party officials, including candidates for President of the United States, because such rhetoric tarnishes the GOP’s legacy as the party of Lincoln, alienates millions of Americans, and jeopardizes Republican majorities in the Nebraska Legislature, the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate”
Pat McPherson, a delegate to the convention, made the motion to table the resolution. McPherson has previously been accused of sexual assault and running a racist blog. Deb Fischer sided with McPherson against Shirley Huss and supported tabling the resolution.
Why? Because it could be perceived as attacking Donald Trump. I kid you not. The Nebraska GOP could not bring itself to condemn racism because they thought that doing so would be seen as an attack on Donald Trump. Deb Fischer was there the whole time.
At least on Nebraska senator has integrity. That would not be Fischer.
It is also worth noting that this incident comes on the heels of Pete Ricketts, Nebraska’s Governor, endorsing Trump. Trump, of course, has attacked Ricketts’ mother and father without apologizing.