Sherrod Brown: GOP colleagues privately acknowledge Trump is racist, misogynist

Ohio 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) alleged in a new interview that his Republican colleagues in the Senate have privately admitted that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE is “a racist” and “a misogynist.”

“Most Republican senators, when you talk to them individually, quietly, will acknowledge that Trump is a racist,” Brown said during a Monday interview on “The Late Show with Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertInvesting in our people to get the most out of our city Yang: I've received about 12 apologies from media networks during campaign Scarborough to GOP: 'What job is worth selling your political soul over?' MORE.” “They’ll acknowledge that Trump is a misogynist. They’ll acknowledge he has trouble telling the truth.” 

Brown also blasted Trump over the whistleblower complaint filed earlier this year accusing the president of withholding military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE. Brown also targeted the Trump administration’s move last month to pull back troops from northern Syria, a choice critics said endangered Kurdish allies in the region.

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“They know he doesn’t do his homework,” Brown continued. “They wonder about his relationship with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin because almost all of Trump’s foreign policy actions, frankly, are good for the Russians and not always good for us ... including withholding aid to Ukraine, including pulling out the troops so that the Turks attack. That was good for Russia, it was good for ISIS, it was good for Iran, but it wasn’t good for the U.S., and it wasn’t good for Israel, clearly,” Brown said.

But Brown added that he had not heard GOP senators discuss the impeachment inquiry House Democrats launched against Trump in September over the whistleblower complaint.

“I’ve not heard any talk about that because they know that one puts them in real trouble if they acknowledge that publicly,” Brown said.

“It’s pretty clear that Republican senators — I mean, they’re not going to go down as profiles in courage. It’s pretty clear that they like the tax cuts that Trump gave them. They like the attacks on the environment and on labor rights, and they like the young right-wing judges. And they’re all scared of their base. They’re all scared of a Republican primary from a Trump supporter that could take them out,” he continued. The Democratic lawmaker called GOP senators’ support of Trump his “biggest disappointment” during his time in the Senate.  

Brown, who served in the House from 1993 to 2007, added that if he were still a representative, he would support Trump’s impeachment. He did not support the impeachment of former President Clinton at the time.  

“The difference is that [Trump] did things that even [former President] Nixon never did,” Brown said.

“This current president asked for help from a foreign government to help himself, to help his own election,” Brown said. “That’s clearly an impeachable offense.”