GOP senator unleashes tweet storm against prominent white nationalist
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Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseInvoking 'Big Tech' as an accusation can endanger American security Biden slips further back to failed China policies The Memo: Generals' testimony on Afghanistan hurts Biden's credibility MORE (R-Neb.) sent a flurry of tweets Thursday directed at Richard Spencer after the prominent white nationalist said "goober conservatives" blame Russia for "racial divisions" in the United States.

Sasse's pushback on social media started after Spencer commented on a tweet the GOP senator sent Wednesday night.


Sasse had shared an article summing up comments from Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordBill requiring companies report cyber incidents moves forward in the Senate Manchin's 'red line' on abortion splits Democrats Lankford draws second GOP primary challenger in Oklahoma MORE (R-Okla.) that Russian internet trolls helped feed a controversy about whether NFL athletes should be allowed to kneel in protest during the national anthem.

Spencer then retweeted Sasse's comments on Thursday morning but added: "In the minds of goober conservatives, the Russians are to blame for racial divisions."

Sasse, over the span of roughly half an hour, launched a string of tweets, including calling Spencer a "clown" and one of the "brown-shirt-pajama-boy Nazis."

Sasse sent nearly a dozen tweets in all, adding that Spencer doesn't understand "human dignity" and his ideas are both "un-American poison" and "boring."

Spencer, a vocal figure of the "alt-right," previously said he was "proud" of President Trump's response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., when he blamed both white supremacists and the "alt-left."

But Trump's remarks sparked widespread backlash, including among Republicans in Congress, who warned that his rhetoric was divisive.