Senator Ben Sasse Rips Into 'Pajama-Boy-Nazi' Richard Spencer on Twitter

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White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks to media in his office space in Alexandria, Virginia, on August 14. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska is known for sharing quick, personal and sometimes funny tweets.

Case in point:

For all its flaws, the Great Flood taught Noah's grandkids the value of boat repair. https://t.co/QhXDcuVKmk

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 26, 2017

Kid at this grocery store: "I gotta go to the bathroom!"

his distracted mom: what?

Kid: "Number 3!!!"

(they both sprinted away...)

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 15, 2017

This evening, he took to Twitter for something different: fighting back against white nationalist Richard Spencer.

Sasse tweeted, "No one loves American-vs-American fighting more than Putin. His intel agencies stroke both sides of every divide," with a link to a Reuters article about the NFL debate and Russian internet trolls.

No one loves American-vs-American fighting more than Putin. His intel agencies stoke both sides of every divide.https://t.co/H6BwjHzokH

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

Spencer, American internet troll and one of the leaders of the alt-right movement, responded: "In the minds of goober conservatives, the Russians are to blame for racial divisions."

In the minds of goober conservatives, the Russians are to blame for racial divisions. https://t.co/CzpGfL6u4M

— Richard "5%" Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) September 28, 2017

And Sasse got pretty Sasse-y.

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Oh let goobers & nongoobers agree on this: Racists like you are to blame. But Putin's agencies also love using you as their divisive tool https://t.co/DaD4XaNvI5

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

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Don’t get me wrong: we’ll always have brown-shirt-pajama-boy Nazis like you & your lonely pals stoking division. But here’s America 101: https://t.co/SboVZmOuu2

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

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You don’t get America. You said: “You do not have some human right, some abstract thing given to you by God or something like that.” https://t.co/ScXDGFcbGp

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

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Actually, that's exactly what America declares we do have: People are the image-bearers of God, created with dignity& inalienable rights. https://t.co/d4orBrHJMw

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

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Sadly, you don't understand human dignity. A person's skin, ancestry, and bank balance have nothing to do with their intrinsic value. https://t.co/5JsyVAKQRL

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

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This declaration of universal dignity is what America is about. Madison called our Constitution "the greatest reflection on human nature" https://t.co/NQluVs1KvA

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

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You talk about culture but don't know squat about western heritage--which sees people not as tribes but as individuals of limitless worth https://t.co/VKNvDUXLtT

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

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The celebration of universal dignity IS our culture, & it rejects your "white culture" crybaby politics. It rejects all identity politics https://t.co/Adlj9AvNPR

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

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Sometime after moving back into your parents' basement, you knock-off Nazis fell in love with reheated 20th century will-to-power garbage https://t.co/XDTeATVGSe

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

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Your "ideas" aren't just hateful, un-American poison--they're also just so dang boring. The future doesn't belong to your stupid memes. https://t.co/bNHSlf1uOx

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

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Get a real job, Clown. Find an actual neighbor to serve. You'll be happier.
Have a nice day. https://t.co/ToREd7VwDM

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

Sasse didn't properly thread his tweets, and many of his followers pointed out the mistake, to which he answered, "My bad... (I learned how to thread tweets on a 1997 Blackberry in Kansas)."

my bad...
(I learned how to thread tweets on a 1997 Blackberry in kansas) https://t.co/pb8l7oswPu

— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017

Spencer is president of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank. He rejects the idea that he is a white supremacist, instead referring to himself as an "identitarian." He does, however, advocate for a "white homeland" and called for a "peaceful ethnic cleansing."

Spencer has led the alt-right movement and runs the website AlternativeRight.com. During a National Policy Institute conference, he denounced Jews and quoted from Nazi propaganda. He also led a rally in Washington, D.C., after Trump's election, where he guided members of the rally in a Nazi salute in which they loudly declared "hail Trump."

Many moderate conservatives, Sasse among them, have denounced the alt-right movement led by Spencer. But Trump has yet to come out to denounce them himself, and once even retweeted an alt-right leader who praised Spencer.