Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseOvernight Finance: House rejects farm bill in conservative revolt | NAFTA deal remains elusive as talks drag on | Dodd-Frank rollback set for House vote Trump yuks it up to deflect Senate critics Cruel comment on McCain shows White House rots from head down MORE (R-Neb.) on Sunday paid tribute to fathers "who want to show up and try again," and implored people to thank their dads on Father's Day, even if "you think your dad was a total jerk."

"Dads, on this Father's Day, if you think you've just had the best year in the history of fatherhood, that's awesome, count your blessings," Sasse said in a video posted on Twitter. "But if you're like most of us, if you've screwed up a lot this year, your kids still need you. They need to know that you love them and you need to show up again."

"But if you're like most of us and your dad screwed up sometimes or a lot of the time, if you think your dad was a total jerk, he probably wasn't a total jerk. There were probably times when he showed up," he continued.


Sasse, who has three children, acknowledged on Sunday that he's not always there for his kids.

"I'm here, because I missed a lot of Little League games, not just because I have a job that requires me to travel a lot. I've missed Little League games because I misprioritize, because I screw up. I'm often lousy at this calling."

But, he said, fatherhood is about second chances and trying again. 

"America's about new beginnings, and the end of your story has not been written. Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there who want to show up and try again."