Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of racial divide across the country, amid scandal over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook photo, Fox News informed.
Brown stated that he has built his political career on playing racial politics and that his business empire, and that of Trump’s father, employed widespread housing discrimination.
“We have a president who’s a racist,” Brown said. “He built his political career knowing what he was doing, questioning the legitimacy and the birthplace of the president of the United States. I know early there have been all kinds of news reports about what he did early in his career with housing.”
Brown’s comments come amid controversy over photograph in the Virginia governor’s 1984 medical school yearbook page that featured a man in backface and a second person in Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. Northam first apologized for being part of that photograph, but then he changed course and said that he was not in the picture after all.
Brown has been one of Trump’s biggest critics in the Senate.
During a stop in the early caucus state of Iowa last week, Brown argued that working-class voters who gave support to Trump have been betrayed, notably by the Republican-signed tax bill that benefited only the wealthy Americans.