WASHINGTON – Sen. Ben Sasse has some advice for people consumed by politics — their priorities are out of whack.
“Politics matter, but politics can’t come first. If politics comes first in your life, something is wrong with you. It’s a sad thing,” Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Sasse’s new book — “Them: Why We Hate Each Other – and How to Heal” — came out last month and he explained on Fox that an “epidemic of loneliness” is exacerbating the partisan divide.
“One of the things we’re not doing well is putting politics in its proper place,” he said.
According to Sasse, “the most basic relationships in American life are supposed to be with your family, with your friends, with your neighborhood, at your local place of worship and at your workplace.”
Instead, Americans are on their computers and in front of the TV.
“There are a whole bunch of people who watch cable news all day, every day, who want to hyperventilate about politics every minute. There’s something wrong when that’s happening,” Sasse said.
Although he’s a critic of President Trump, Sasse didn’t hold the divisive commander-in-chief responsible for creating the tribal divide.
“This isn’t the last two years or the next two years, this is the last couple of decades and the coming couple of decades,” Sasse said. “And this digital revolution is something we need to wrestle with because it’s bigger than our politics, but it’s warping our politics as well.”
Wallace pointed out a forthcoming book by Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and ex-deputy campaign manager David Bossie entitled “Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State is Undermining the Presidency.”
Wallace told Sasse that he was named in the book as one of the troublesome Republicans the authors considered an “enemy.”
In response, Sasse tsk-tsked the authors for their use of language.
“Republics aren’t healthy when people use words like treason about policy debates,” Sasse said. “That’s a pretty messed up world view.”
“But language about enemies and treason, about policy and politics, is pretty warped and I think most Americans think it’s weird,” he continued. “When you look at the small subset of people who put politics at the center of their lives, they tend to be really, really lonely.”
Sasse said he hadn’t seen the book nor had he met Lewandowski.
He had met Bossie who he called a “nice guy.”
“Most healthy people want to coach Little League, they want to go to their church and they want to have great coworkers at the office and they want to put on face paint when Nebraska’s playing football on Saturdays,” Sasse added. “That’s the most natural way to live.”