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

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:

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.

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.”

And Sasse got pretty Sasse-y.

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).”

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 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.