CLEVELAND — Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown didn’t hold back his feelings during an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday as he labeled President Trump as a racist.
The comment came as Brown was discussing the topic of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s controversial yearbook photos.
“I think this country hasn’t dealt well with issues of race,” Brown said. “I mean, we have a President who is a racist.”
Host Chuck Todd quickly inserted a follow-up question: “Let me pause you there. You believe, in his heart, he’s a racist?”
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Brown offered a lengthy response.
“I don’t what ‘in his heart means.’ I know that he built his political career knowing what he was doing on questioning the legitimacy and birthplace of the President of the United States. There had been all kind of news reports about what he did early in his career in housing. Read the New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, read the Color of Law about housing discrimination and decades and decades and decades of housing discrimination. We know that the Trump family, including the now-sitting President, played to that and deepened that. Charlottesville was only a symptom and a more public viewing and outing, if you will, of the President’s views about race. We know the President doesn’t tell the truth frequently. We know he lies frequently. We know of his racist comments and background. That’s not even counting the policies of this administration. We have consent decrees all over this country, including in Cleveland. We have a justice department that has turned its back. We know about voter suppression.”
Brown just finished a media tour in Iowa as he considers a potential 2020 presidential bid.