A photo of Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE).

Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE). Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Flickr CC.

In what appears to be a swipe at President Trump, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) defended the press in an online video that has since gone viral.

“The only way the republic can work is if we come together, and we defend each other’s rights to say things that we differ about,” Sasse said in the video. “We defend each other’s rights to publish journalism and pieces and things that we then want to argue about.”

Sasse further added that it’s “not helpful to call the press the enemy of the American people.” This directly goes against a previous comment made by President Trump.

Sasse is a staunch supporter of the First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The First Amendment, as quoted by Cornell Law School, reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The Conservative Sasse also called for the nation’s youth to be educated about their Constitutional rights.

“We need to come together as a people and reteach our kids what the First Amendment is about,” he said.

The Nebraska senator expressed concerns about new forms of journalism that cater to only one viewpoint or perspective. Sasse’s comments bore a resemblance to comments made by former President Obama, who warned against cocooning oneself in information that reinforces personal biases.

Sasse further argued the importance of fact-based information, adding that the American government cannot properly function without it. To solidify his point, he quoted former U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan who once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

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