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Sherrod Brown Says He’s ‘Seriously Considering’ Running for President, Attacks ‘Phony’, ‘Anti-Semitic’ Populism of Trump

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said he is “seriously thinking about” running for president in 2020. And he has a populist message… just not the one Donald Trump ran on.

They started the conversation talking about the midterms, and Stephanopoulos, after noting Brown was one of only a few Democrats to succeed in his state, asked about his presidential aspirations.

“We’re seriously thinking about it, we’re seriously talking about it,” he said.

“Ideally, I want my message of the dignity of work to, I want that to be the narrative for other Democratic candidates, because that’s how you beat” Trump, he said.

“Donald Trump won my state by almost double digits, and he won the industrial midwest,” said Brown. “And to turn that around, I hope that candidates running in the Democratic primary talk about the dignity of work, talk about respecting work, talk about when you work hard and play by the rules you ought to be able to get ahead.”

Brown differentiates that attention to working class issues from the president’s message on the same. “The White House looks like a retreat for Wall Street executives,” he said.

Stephanopoulos said Trump has a populist rhetoric, and Brown said that it is “phony” populism.

“This president has not looked out for workers. To me populism, it’s never anti-Semitic, it’s never racist, it never pushes people down to lift others up, that’s the phony populism of Donald Trump,” he said. “To me populism respects the dignity of work, and moves forward, and tries to lift all boats.”

“This President’s divisive rhetoric, in order to distract from the issues of the day, is really what’s put us– is frankly why his leadership has been wanting.”

Watch the clip above, courtesy of ABC News.

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