Ben Sasse tickles the Senate chamber with 'perfect description' of John Kennedy's career as a lawyer
United States Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) threw some shade at Senator John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) during Tuesday's hearings to confirm Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.
Sasse was one of seven Republican Senators to vote to remove former President Donald Trump from office after he was impeached (a second time) for inciting the January 6th, 2021 Capitol insurrection. Kennedy chose to let Trump off the hook.
The exchange, however, was a light-hearted jab by Sasse at Kennedy for being a duplicitous attorney, which roused chuckles throughout the chamber – including from Jackson.
"I'm not an attorney. So, the farming and ranching people where I come from know that John Kennedy is a super-smart Rhodes lawyer who kinda pretends to be an ahh shucks kind of guy as he picks your pocket," quipped Sasse, who served as a fellow at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs' Center for Politics and Governance and the president of Midland University before his election to the Senate in 2014.
"Will I get equal time, Mr. Chairman?" Kennedy, a former Democrat and five-term state treasurer who became a Republican in 2007, interjected.
"He always gets equal time," Sasse fired back. "He always gets bonus time."
Sasse: The farming and ranching people where I come from know that John Kennedy is super smart who pretends to be an ahh shucks kind of guy as he picks your pocketpic.twitter.com/06H7Nadqp4— Acyn (@Acyn) 1647980358
Naturally, Twitter loved it.
Hell nah! Let 'em fight one another with the spotlight on 'em. Makes for great comedy TV.— Evil_Otter (@Evil_Otter) 1647980657
Some people thought Sasse was right on the money.
Lol. What a perfect description of Kennedy!— Roberta \ud83c\udf34\ud83c\udfc4\ud83c\udffd\u200d\u2640\ufe0f (@Roberta \ud83c\udf34\ud83c\udfc4\ud83c\udffd\u200d\u2640\ufe0f) 1647980407
Oh right it\u2019s March 22. Once a year, Ben Sasse tells the truth— @WorldsMostHumble (@@WorldsMostHumble) 1647980538
Sasse does get it right sometimes.\nHis anti-tfg video was classic, his impeachment 2 vote was on point.— @JulieChism \ud83c\udf3b (@@JulieChism \ud83c\udf3b) 1647980701
He\u2019s got that right.— Ex-GOP Hilary \ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f - #IStandWithUkraine \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf3b (@Ex-GOP Hilary \ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f - #IStandWithUkraine \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf3b) 1647980604
No lies were detectedhttps://twitter.com/dutchiegirlie/status/1488995978342543369?t=QtirDPcGh3RYi5jP85_Mgw&s=19\u00a0\u2026— \ud835\udff7\ud835\udfff\ud835\udffe\ud835\udffa\u2698\u026a\ua731 \u0274\u1d0f\u1d1b \ua730\u026a\u1d04\u1d1b\u026a\u1d0f\u0274 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@\ud835\udff7\ud835\udfff\ud835\udffe\ud835\udffa\u2698\u026a\ua731 \u0274\u1d0f\u1d1b \ua730\u026a\u1d04\u1d1b\u026a\u1d0f\u0274 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1647981729
yeah, there was some passive aggressive pokes between Sasse and Kennedy there ... \n\nSasse sounds diffident about his own capabilities, but also possesses latent hostility toward Kennedy.— Maureen Moore (@Maureen Moore) 1647980792
Kennedy... not so much.
Why would Nebraskans think that that John Kennedy is super smart?— \u2b50\ufe0f Merrily vaccinated agnostic\u2b50\ufe0f (@\u2b50\ufe0f Merrily vaccinated agnostic\u2b50\ufe0f) 1647980486
pic.twitter.com/FYDAXuO7DH— \ud83d\udca5\ud83c\udf3bDr. Former Nice Guy \ud83c\udf3b\ud83d\udca5 (@\ud83d\udca5\ud83c\udf3bDr. Former Nice Guy \ud83c\udf3b\ud83d\udca5) 1647980682
https://twitter.com/LouisRBridgema3/status/1503799171257675786?s=20&t=0A0AMrGXLrW62ZRT_3jpRg\u00a0\u2026— Louis R. Bridgeman (@Louis R. Bridgeman) 1647980492
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