GOP senator calls book labeling him among Trump's enemies 'pretty warped'

GOP senator calls book labeling him among Trump's enemies 'pretty warped'

Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseSenators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks Republicans, please save your party MORE (R-Neb.) on Sunday responded to a new book from two former Trump advisers that labeled him and other GOP senators as "enemies of the president," saying he believes most Americans believe that level of criticism is "weird."

"Republics aren’t healthy when people use words like treason about policy debates. That’s a pretty messed up worldview," Sasse said on "Fox News Sunday."

Sasse was asked about a new book from former Trump campaign advisers Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiTrump's reemergence poses risks for GOP, media Trump likely to form new super PAC Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief ousts hundreds from advisory panels | Defense pick discusses Trump transition hurdles | Aircraft carrier returning home after 10-month deployment MORE and David Bossie titled "Trump's Enemies." The two men accuse Republicans like Sasse, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFormer GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Klain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' MORE (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerIt's time for Biden's Cuba GOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics Former GOP senator: Republicans cannot let Trump's 'reckless' post-election claims stand MORE (R-Tenn.) of undermining the president. All three men have frequently criticized Trump.


"I haven’t seen their book yet… but language about enemies and treason about policies and politics is pretty warped, and I think most Americans think it's weird," said Sasse, who was on the show to discuss a book of his own about political tribalism.

Lewandowski and Bossie appeared on "Fox News Sunday" after Sasse's remote interview, and defended the premise of their book.

"I respect Sen. Sasse, but what he has to acknowledge is that the attacks this president has faced since the day he won the election in November of 2016 have been unprecedented," Lewandowski said.

The one-time Trump campaign manager blamed the media, "establishment" Republicans and the intelligence community for working against the president's agenda.