Sherrod Brown: Howard Schultz is 'a total idiot'

Sherrod Brown: Howard Schultz is 'a total idiot'

Ohio Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownLawmakers battle over future of Ex-Im Bank Hillicon Valley: Senate Dems unveil privacy bill | Trump campaign, RNC rip Google political ad policy | Activists form national coalition to take on Amazon | Commerce issues rule to secure communications supply chain Warren, Brown call for greater enforcement of fair lending laws after Goldman gender discrimination allegations 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 TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE.

The billionaire is currently on a book tour as he mulls a possible bid for the White House.

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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.