Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) stood by Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) on Sunday, saying that Wilson was right to call former White House chief strategist and human embodiment of the plague Steve Bannon a white supremacist.
“I agree that Steve Bannon is a white supremacist, and [senior White House adviser] Stephen Miller seems to be. And I know that studies have shown that they have their allies sprinkled around the White House,” Brown said on State of the Union on CNN, HuffPost reports.
Brown went on to slam the president for the way in which he chooses to engage in fights with others, calling him out for the way he seems to purposely not use someone’s name as a way to perhaps demean the other person.
“I would say it’s sad—it’s worse than sad—that the president engages in this kind of name-calling,” Brown said. “I just wish he’d apologize ... he could say, ‘You know, it didn’t come out right, I’m sorry it came out that way, of course I respect,’ and then mention the congresswoman by name and mention the widow by name. It would be a nice touch if the president would once in a while act that way instead of always attack, always attack, always demean the way he does, too often.”
The congresswoman being referenced was Wilson, who has been pushed into controversy, having been targeted by the tweeter in chief himself after she stood by the family of Army Sgt. La David Johnson. Johnson was killed in action in Niger, and Wilson, who has been close with the family, has been speaking out on their behalf, attempting to secure answers and closure regarding his death. Instead, however, both Wilson and the family have been met with continued disrespect.
“The White House itself is full of white supremacists,” Wilson told the New York Times on Friday.
Wilson herself made an appearance on MSNBC on Sunday, demanding an apology from White House chief of staff John Kelly for “character assassination,” HuffPost notes, after Kelly lashed out at her, calling her an “empty barrel” and accusing her of falsely taking credit for securing funding for an FBI field office in Miami.
Kelly was quickly proved to be a lying-ass liar after the Sun Sentinel newspaper posted receipts showing that Wilson had never taken such credit.
“Not only does he owe me an apology, but he owes an apology to the American people,” Wilson said during her Sunday interview.