'That's Not The Way Men Act': Sen. Sasse Criticizes 'Horseface' Comment

He says it "wasn't the right move."

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska called out President Donald Trump for using the term "horseface" to insult Stormy Daniels earlier this week. The senator criticized the president's name-calling during an appearance on MSNBC's Meet the Press Daily on Tuesday, stating, "That's not the way men act."

Trump made the disparaging comment on Twitter earlier this week, following the news that a federal judge had thrown out the adult film star's lawsuit against him. Daniels, who alleges that she had an affair with Trump in 2006, sued the president for defamation earlier this year.

"Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas," Trump tweeted on Tuesday, referring to Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti. "She knows nothing about me, a total con!"


Sasse addressed Trump's comments later that same day during his televised interview, criticizing the president's choice of words against Daniels. "You don't call women horseface," Sasse said, "That's not the right move. That's not the way men act."

His words came after Daniels herself issued a response to Trump with a tweet of her own. "He has demonstrated his incompetence, hatred of women and lack of self control on Twitter AGAIN!" she wrote, in part.

This isn't the first time that Sasse has spoken out against Trump. The freshman senator has been one of the president's most vocal Republican critics since 2016, when he revealed he would back a third-party candidate over Trump.

Since the election, Sasse has made his issues with the president's behavior known, calling out his attacks on the media and the Department of Justice and calling the White House "a reality-show, soap-opera presidency." In early September, he also admitted that he "regularly considers" leaving the GOP. Despite his repeated criticism of Trump and the party at large, Sasse typically votes in favor of Trump's policies, most recently voting to confirm the president's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

Sasse's statement comes a week after Sen. Cory Gardner called for civility in Washington,  telling A Plus: "We all want to return to civility – we just need to do it now."

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