Julián Castro: ‘Completely Legitimate’ to Target Donors Backing Trump’s ‘Campaign of Hate’

Joaquin Castro (L) listens to his brother Democratic presidential hopeful Former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro (R) speak to reporters in the spin room after the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox …
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Appearing Sunday on MSNBC’s Kasie DC, 2020 White House hopeful and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro once again argued his brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), did the right thing by tweeting a list of San Antonio residents who donated to President Donald Trump’s campaign.

A partial transcript is as follows: 

KASIE HUNT: I need to ask you about the list of donors, San Antonio-area donors, or excuse me, El Paso-area donors, to President Trump from your brother, Joaquin Castro. Sorry, it was San Antonio. My mistake. He came under quite a bit of criticism because the idea being, especially during a time of, frankly, fear and violence, that this might make these people targets. You’ve defended him so far. Do you think that was the right thing to do?

JULIÁN CASTRO: Absolutely. I’m very proud of my brother and my brother took what is publicly available information that newspapers, other publications regularly do about people who maxed out, made the maximum contribution to President Trump here in San Antonio, and he put that forward as he said as a lament to say, “wow, just look.” In a city that’s 63 percent Hispanic, a lot of these big business owners were on this list, who have basically made their fortune off of the Hispanic community, are putting money into the campaign of a president who is turning around and using that money to fund something like 2000 ads that say that there’s a Hispanic invasion in the United States.

I find that very disappointing, very ironic, and I believe that my brother had every right to do that and people should know who was funding that campaign of hate. I believe that’s completely legitimate information and I think one of the reasons that Donald Trump tweeted at my brother is because he must be afraid that people are ashamed they gave to him or something.

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