Sasse Rips Trump Nominee As a Conspiracy Nut With A ‘Tin Foil Hat’

Donald Trump is always nominating people to positions in his government who have absolutely no business being anywhere near the levers of power. Then again, he doesn’t belong there either, so it’s no real surprise. His latest nomination is a real doozy, though. Meet Leandro Rizzuto Jr., Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s ambassador to multiple countries in the Caribbean.

This is a man who routinely tweeted conspiracies regarding Trump’s challengers in the 2016 presidential campaign, accusing George Soros of being in the tank for Ted Cruz, and saying that Cruz himself was cheating on his wife (who Trump infamously called ugly during that time). Well, luckily, this guy needs the approval and consent of the United States Senate to be put into that ambassadorship, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to get it – even from fellow Republicans.

Senator Ben Sass (R-NE) released a blistering statement on Rizzuto, calling him a tin-foil hat wearing nut. A spokesperson for Sasse said the nominee needs to  “put on his tinfoil hat and visit our office with evidence for his salacious conspiracy theories and cuckoo allegations.” Sasse’s office continued:

“While he’s at it, the Senate probably needs to know his views on the moon landing.”

“I’m sure Senator Sasse will be willing to evaluate the specific evidence for his claims — but it’s got to be more than a stack of National Enquirers.”

“People who want to serve Americans as our diplomats and spokespeople abroad should know that words and truth matter, even during campaigns. Cynics and nuts are probably going to have a hard time securing Senate confirmation.”

This is incredible, in a moment when loyalty to Trump seems to be the only way the Republicans’ cult of a base will allow them to remain in office. I never thought I’d say this, but Ben Sasse is correct. This is a man who belongs in a rubber room, not representing America on the world stage. Then again, the man-baby so-called “president” belongs there as well, so, again, it’s no surprise this would a nominee for an ambassadorship.

If only more Republicans would be brave enough to say so.


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