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Sen. Sherrod Brown Joins Criticism of Republican National Convention

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Sen. Sherrod Brown criticizes elements of the Republican National Convention.

Sen. Sherrod Brown is joining political scientists, ethicists and others in criticizing elements of the Republican National Convention. President Donald Trump accepted the nomination Thursday at the White House, where a number of convention activities took place. Brown is questioning the ethics of having campaign events there.

“It frankly mocked much of what this country stands for, the separation of campaigns and the grandeur of the White House and the presidency,” he said.

Brown also spoke out against the hundreds of people at the event, including members of Trump's cabinet, who weren’t wearing masks or social distancing. Brown said their actions mocked essential workers on the front lines trying to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Abigail Bottar covers Akron, Canton, Kent and the surrounding areas for Ideastream Public Media.
A Northeast Ohio native, Sarah Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she worked at her first NPR station, WMUB. She began her professional career at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and spent two decades in television news, the bulk of them at WKBN in Youngstown (as Sarah Eisler). For the past three years, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree. Sarah and her husband Scott, have two children. They live in Tallmadge.