UPDATED 7:35 AM PT — Monday, May 18, 2020
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse (R) took aim at China during a recent high school commencement speech. On Sunday, he spoke to the graduating class of Fremont High School and noted this will be a graduation they will never forget.
During the speech, Sasse spoke about the economic and public crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. He pointed out that it’s a source of uncertainty. He also said the U.S. will have a reckoning with what he called “thugs in China” who he believes let the pandemic get out of control.
Sasse then encouraged the students to use all their skills learned throughout their schooling and said he hopes to inspire the next generation of leaders.
“Here’s the good news, you all have the potential to have grit and resilience and determination, and to get through this,” he stated. “That’s actually what your late night study sessions and early morning practices gave you, that’s what they were about, that’s what your parents and teachers tried to instill in you.”
The Nebraska senator advised students not to let this experience hinder them from future achievements. He said their parents and teachers will continue to be proud of them.