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GOP Senator Skipping Convention 'To Watch Some Dumpster Fires'

Flaming garbage here, burning trash there -- it's hard to choose.

Between the party infighting, fundraising issues and a presumptive nominee with a history of inciting both violence and vigorous opposition, the Republican National Convention is set to be a giant flaming pile of trash. 

It’s so bad that one Republican lawmaker said he’s decided to spend his summer viewing dumpster fires rather than gather with the GOP in Cleveland.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse “will not be attending the convention and will instead take his kids to watch some dumpster fires across the state, all of which enjoy more popularity than the current front-runners,” his spokesman told the Hill.

Sasse has long voiced his opposition to Donald Trump and he’s used that flaming garbage line before. In May, he wrote on Facebook that “there are dumpster fires in my town more popular than” Trump or Hillary Clinton.

And he tweeted this after Trump’s Thursday visit with Capitol Hill lawmakers:

Back in February, Sasse promised to vote for a third party candidate if Trump did secure the Republican nomination. “Mr. Trump’s relentless focus is on dividing Americans, and on tearing down rather than building back up this glorious nation,” he said.

The Hill reached out to all the Senate Republicans, and only 32 of them said they were planning to attend the July convention.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R) ― another vocal Trump critic ― said that he wouldn’t attend because “I’ve got to mow my lawn.”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

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