Ohio Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (D) on Friday slammed former Starbucks CEO and possible 2020 presidential candidate Howard Schultz, calling him a “total idiot.”
Brown made the comments during a stop on his speaking tour in Iowa, a source familiar with his remarks confirmed to The Hill.
“Yeah, I mean you got this idiot Schultz running, maybe,” Brown said. “He’s an idiot, I mean, he’s a total idiot.”
Schultz has floated an independent run at the White House, drawing the ire of several prominent Democrats who fear he could siphon votes away in the race to unseat President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
The billionaire is currently on a book tour as he mulls a possible bid for the White House.
Brown, a three-term senator, is reportedly mulling a presidential bid of his own. He has not officially announced his candidacy, but is on a “Dignity of Work” listening tour in which he is visiting several early primary states.
“Anyone can see how important it is to beat Donald Trump in 2020, and undercutting the Democratic Party is a fool’s errand that only helps keep Trump in power. We can’t mess around here,” Brown said in a statement to The Hill. “But where I am really focused is making sure we have a strong Democratic candidate with a record fighting for our progressive values and standing up for the dignity of work.”
Brown is seen by some Democrats as a bridge to winning Trump’s voters who previously supported former President Obama.