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Ben Sasse slams Beto O’Rourke over call to tax churches: “Nitwit” trying to “satisfy his fringey base”

Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) took the Senate floor this week to introduce legislation condemning Beto O’Rourke’s call to strip tax-exempt status from churches who oppose same-sex marriage. Sasse said he was positing the resolution so “each and every member of Congress” can be on record “about whether or not we affirm the First Amendment and in particular the free exercise of religion and the free assembly clauses.”

Throughout the course of Sasse’s ten-minute speech he slammed O’Rourke’s comments as “profoundly un-American” and “a bold-faced threat against Muslims and Jews and Christians” made by a “Texas politician pandering for a sound bite.”

Saying, “We are not Chinese communists” or “Russian oligarchs” or “Venezuelan strongmen,” Sasse slammed O’Rourke near the end of his speech:

“I don’t care what some nitwit said on CNN last week to satisfy his fringey base and try to get a sound bite in a presidential debate, the American people ought to know that this body stands for the historical First Amendment — that’s what we all took an oath to uphold and to defend, and that’s what we ought to vote to affirm again.”