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Sen. Brown Calls Trump's Tweets Racist; Not Every Ohio Official Agrees

Julie Bennett

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters on Monday that President Donald Trump is a racist. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones disagrees.

"The president has shown repeatedly since the Central Park Five to questioning Obama's birth to Charlottesville that he’s a racist. Period. And he’s almost proud of it. The way that he talks. It's just very sad," Brown said according to a report in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Trump tweeted this week that four members of Congress should "go back" where they came from. All four members targeted by the president's words are women of color, three of whom were born in the United States and one of whom is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Jones, a supporter of the president, released a statement Wednesday echoing Trump's comments. "This is the greatest country in the world and if you are not happy here, then buy your one-way ticket and go," he said.

In separate conversations, Brown and Jones join Cincinnati Edition to talk more about the president's tweets, as well as other topics including Brown's recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border with fellow U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.