Castro slams Trump Jr. as 'coward' for giving voice to questions about Harris's racial heritage

Julián Castro on Sunday blasted Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTrump Jr. calls elderly supporter who was assaulted Trump Jr. hits Howard Stern for going ‘establishment,’ ‘acting like Hillary’ Trump Jr., GOP senator lash out at Facebook for taking down protest pages on stay-at-home orders MORE as “a coward” for raising questions about the racial heritage of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (Calif.), a fellow 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful. 

The president’s eldest son last Thursday retweeted and then deleted a post by Ali Alexander, a conservative media personality, claiming that Harris “comes from Jamaican Slave Owners” but is “not an American Black.”

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“Is this true? Wow,” Trump Jr. tweeted to his 3.65 million followers before deleting it.

Castro on Sunday called the move “disgusting” and said it “has no place in our politics.”

“You notice what he did. He tweeted it out, and then he deleted it like a coward so he could say, ‘Oh, that was just a mistake,’ but he knows what he’s doing. He’s giving voice to these racist, you know, utterances about Sen. Harris,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“We need to dispel them immediately and condemn them and then not give them any more life because they’re disgusting,” he said.

Harris delivered one of the biggest moments of last Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate by challenging former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE about his past opposition to federally mandated busing to integrate public schools.

She said busing personally affected her life and criticized Biden for touting his collegial relationships with segregationist senators James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.), calling those words “hurtful.”

“I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground,” she told Biden at the debate.

“But I also believe, and it’s personal and I was actually very — it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country,” she added.

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