Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., on Friday offered an ominous prediction for the country, writing in an extensive Facebook post, “It feels like violence is coming” following the protests last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., The Hill reported Saturday.
“It feels like violence is coming. I’m not sure if this moment is like the summer of ’67 or not. But it might be,” Sasse wrote on Facebook. “Before that violence strikes again, it’s up to us to reaffirm that exceptional American Creed again today, with our neighbors, and in our kids’ hearts.”
Sasse went on to explain that he expected “violence will come when white supremacists and the alt-right fight anarchist groups aligned with the extreme left.” He also doubted President Donald Trump would “be able to calm and comfort the nation in that moment.”
“He (and lots of others) will probably tell an awful combination of partial truths and outright falsehoods. On top of the trust deficits that are already baked so deeply in, unity will be very hard to come by,” Sasse wrote.
Sasse also wrote that he thought “some” were “whispering in the President’s ear that racial division could be good politics for them,” but added those on the left might look to benefit from the divide as well.
“I worry that some on the left are also going to salivate over these divisions. Like the President’s ear-whisperers, they see a divided nation as good for their political objectives,” Sasse explained.
While he said he was “against mobs tearing down the statues, or city governments removing them in the middle of the night,” he also maintained they were originally erected “as a way of shouting – against the American Idea – that public spaces were to be whites-only spaces.”
Trump has been soundly criticized by Democrats as well as Republicans for his response following the violent protests last weekend in Charlottesville. In a press conference on Tuesday, the president criticized both white supremacists and left-wing protesters for the violence.
“Nobody wants to say that. But, I’ll say it right now. You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent,” Trump said referring to counter protesters on Tuesday.