In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said the United States needs a president that celebrates the First Amendment and doesn't pretend beating up a reporter is acceptable, especially considering what happened to Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
"It is not playful to joke about an assault, is it?" Tapper asked.
"No," Sasse responded.
SASSE: You know, I have got to admit, I don't follow the rallies closely. But, you know, I believe that the First Amendment is the beating heart of the American experiment. So, we need to have a president who celebrates the First Amendment and not pretends that beating up a reporter is OK. But I think what you hear from a lot of Nebraskans, who also, I think, tune out most of the rallies, is there's sort of a short-term, long-term thing going on. And people feel like the president's rhetoric is kind of short-term playful. I don't think it's OK. But I do think most people tune most of it out.