Democratic Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown publicly attacked President Barack Obama for criticizing Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, accusing the president of using sexist language.
Obama had criticized Warren in an interview with Yahoo News over the progressive senator’s opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else…” he said. “On this one, though, her arguments don’t stand the test of fact and scrutiny.”
Brown told reporters Tuesday that Obama was being disrespectful by calling her “Elizabeth” and “another politician.” “I’m not going to get into more details,” he said. “I think referring to her as first name, when he might not have done that for a male senator, perhaps? I’ve said enough.” (VIDEO: MSNBC’s Mika: ‘Sexist’ For Warren Buffett To Call Elizabeth Warren ‘Angry’ )
Brown is hardly the first prominent Democrat to passive aggressively accuse Obama of sexism. Hillary Clinton said in 2014 of Obama’s first run for office that “sexism… was present in that ’08 campaign.” Likewise, Debbie Wasserman Schultz reportedly planned on accusing Obama of sexism if he took steps to replace her as head of chair of the Democratic National Committee.
[h/t Weekly Standard]