Brown: Our country is better than Trump's 'racist, divisive' words

Brown: Our country is better than Trump's 'racist, divisive' words
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Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial Senate Democrat: 'Fine' to hear from Hunter Biden Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-Ohio) said in the wake of a mass shooting early Sunday that claimed the lives of nine people in Dayton, Ohio that the U.S. is better than President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE's "racist" and "divisive" language.

"Our country is better than this our country is better than this divisive racist talk by the president of the United States," Brown said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." 

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Brown told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperSteyer says 'grassroots organizing' in Nevada, South Carolina got him on debate stage Pentagon chief says he 'didn't see' intelligence suggesting Iran planned to attack four US embassies Ex-White House press, military officials call on Grisham to restart regular briefings MORE he has no information related to or reason to believe the attack is related to Saturday's shooting in El Paso, Texas. Twenty people were killed there when a gunman opened fire in a Walmart.

The shooter in El Paso allegedly wrote a white nationalist manifesto. 

Other Democrats called Trump a white nationalist and said his language is in part responsible for the attacks. 

Brown on Sunday did not go that far, but said, "I know white supremacists feel empowered by this president." 

"I do know we've had two proceeding presidents who dealt with [shootings] and tried to heal... and this president doesn't," Brown said

He noted how former President Obama tried to comfort the nation in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, and how former President George W. Bush spoke at a mosque following the 9/11 attacks to tell Americans Muslim are not to blame. 

"I would hope President Trump would...stop the racist, divisive talk," Brown said.

He also said hopes Republicans in Congress don't just offer thoughts and prayers but stand up to the gun lobby and help pass background check legislation.