Martin Sheen calls for voters to 'stand up' in pitch for Brown
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Former TV president Martin Sheen is slamming rhetoric from lawmakers as "hateful," saying what's happening across the country is "not normal."

The "West Wing" actor, who played President Josiah Bartlet, wrote in a Monday night fundraising pitch for Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s GOP feuds dominate ahead of midterms Dustbin 2020: The best Dems who surely won’t get the nomination Vulnerable Dems side with Warren in battle over consumer bureau MORE (D-Ohio): "I may not be a real-life president, but there are three things I've learned about real-life politics."

"First: What's happening right now in America is not normal," Sheen, one of Hollywood's most outspoken Democrats, writes. "The rhetoric coming from Washington is hateful and in opposition to the values of inclusion and equality America was built on."


"To protect the principles we care so deeply about from the extremely partisan atmosphere — like access to health care, a secure retirement, or investments in education or infrastructure — we need to keep good lawmakers in place," Sheen wrote in the note, which was paid for by Brown's reelection campaign.

Praising Brown as an "authentic leader," the Ohio-born performer says supporters need to "step up."

"Never doubt that a group of concerned citizens, however small, can make a big difference."

It's not the first time Sheen, 77, has put his name on a fundraising email. In June, Sheen said in a pitch for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that he was "disgusted" by President Trump and “the Republicans kowtowing to their rich special interests instead of representing the American people.”