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.
No one loves American-vs-American fighting more than Putin. His intel agencies stoke both sides of every divide.https://t.co/H6BwjHzokH— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017
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."
In the minds of goober conservatives, the Russians are to blame for racial divisions. https://t.co/CzpGfL6u4M— Richard ☝Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) September 28, 2017
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."
1/— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017
Oh let goobers & nongoobers agree on this: Racists like you are to blame. But Putin's agencies also love using you as their divisive tool https://t.co/DaD4XaNvI5
2/— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017
Don’t get me wrong: we’ll always have brown-shirt-pajama-boy Nazis like you & your lonely pals stoking division. But here’s America 101: https://t.co/SboVZmOuu2
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."
5/— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017
Sadly, you don't understand human dignity. A person's skin, ancestry, and bank balance have nothing to do with their intrinsic value. https://t.co/5JsyVAKQRL
9/— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017
Sometime after moving back into your parents' basement, you knock-off Nazis fell in love with reheated 20th century will-to-power garbage https://t.co/XDTeATVGSe
10/— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017
Your "ideas" aren't just hateful, un-American poison--they're also just so dang boring. The future doesn't belong to your stupid memes. https://t.co/bNHSlf1uOx
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.