In an advert to run on Fox Information, Julián Castro accuses President Trump of inciting racism resulting in the El Paso taking pictures that killed 22 and wounded dozens extra. Within the spot, the presidential candidate appears into the digicam and addresses Trump straight.
The previous Housing and City Growth secretary stands in an empty constructing and cites Trump’s personal phrases — utilizing a crude slur to disdain some international locations, telling U.S. congresswomen of shade to return “to the international locations” from which they got here, and calling immigrants “rapists.”
“As we noticed in El Paso, People had been killed since you stoked the hearth of racists,” Castro admonishes within the half-minute video. “Harmless folks had been shot down as a result of they give the impression of being completely different from you.
“As a result of they seem like me. They seem like my household,” he says, his voice somber.
The taking pictures suspect had printed an anti-immigrant screed echoing Trump’s “invasion” language about immigrants, and instructed police he drove the 10 hours to an El Paso Walmart to particularly goal Mexicans, in line with authorities.
“Phrases have penalties,” Castro says, after which in Spanish: “Ya basta.” Sufficient.
The advert, launched on-line as we speak, is ready to air thrice on Fox Information on Wednesday, in line with Castro’s marketing campaign, beginning with a morning slot on “Fox & Mates,” a present the president ceaselessly praises. It would air within the Bedminster, N.J., space, the place the president is predicted to be for the day. The marketing campaign spent $2,775 to air the advert and plans to advertise on social media to verify the president sees it, stated Sawyer Hackett, Castro’s nationwide press secretary.
Castro, the one Latino among the many two dozen prominent Democratic candidates vying to face Trump in 2020, desires the president to listen to that his rhetoric concentrating on immigrants and other people of shade are in charge for an increase in violent extremism, Hackett stated.
The El Paso taking pictures was the deadliest assault on the Latino group within the U.S. Since then, many Latinos have expressed fear and concern for his or her security.
Castro shouldn’t be alone in inserting no less than some blame on Trump. El Paso residents, officers and different presidential candidates together with El Paso native Beto O’Rourke have stated the president’s phrases have infected hatred and incited violence. A survey taken after the shootings discovered that greater than two-thirds of People polled stated racism and white nationalism play a task in mass shootings, and a majority of Democrats additionally positioned blame on the president.
Following the assault, Trump visited El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, the place nine people were killed the identical weekend in one other mass taking pictures. He stated individually in a ready speech that “hate has no place in America. In a single voice, our nation should condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”
The advert additionally comes after Trump attacked Castro and his twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro, on Twitter on the identical day that the president visited El Paso. The Texas congressman was dealing with criticism from Republicans after he publicized already public details about San Antonio residents who donated to Trump’s reelection effort.
“I don’t know who Joaquin Castro is apart from the lesser brother of a failed presidential candidate (1%) who makes a idiot of himself each time he opens his mouth,” Trump wrote. “Joaquin shouldn’t be the person that his brother is, however his brother, in line with most, shouldn’t be a lot.”
The advert, Hackett stated, is Castro “standing up for his household, for his values, for his group, at a time when this president has tried to scapegoat them.”
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