Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters on Tuesday that President Barack Obama was “disrespectful” in his response to political attacks from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and alleged he may have chosen his words differently if a “male senator” were involved.
Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim reported Brown’s remarks on Twitter:
"I think the president was disrespectful to her by the way he did that...made this more personal." - Sen. Brown on Obama's Warren attacks— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) May 12, 2015
More Brown: "I think referring to her as her first name, when he might not have done that for a male senator, perhaps--I've said enough."— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) May 12, 2015
Warren, an icon among the far-left, has loudly opposed Obama’s trade bill, which was blocked by Democrats on Tuesday. The bill would have given Obama the power to negotiate trade agreements that cannot be amended by Congress.
Brown is correct in that Obama did refer to Sen. Warren by her first name in a recent interview with Yahoo News. He did the same in a surprise radio call-in with Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in March.
"The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else. And, you know, she's got a voice that she wants to get out there, and I understand that. And on most issues, she and I deeply agree. On this one, though, her arguments don't stand the test of fact and scrutiny,” Obama said.
(H/T: Weekly Standard)