Julián Castro’s Seven Most Outlandish Statements

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gives the keynote address on stage during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential …
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Democrat presidential hopeful Julián Castro ended his campaign for the White House on Thursday and said it “simply isn’t our time” to secure the Democrat nomination for president.

In June of 2019, during the Democrat presidential debate, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development claimed that transgender men would have access to abortion funds under his health plan.

Castro said at the time:

I don’t believe only in reproductive freedom, I believe in reproductive justice. And, you know, what that means is that just because a woman — or let’s also not forget someone in the trans community, a trans female, is poor, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the right to exercise that right to choose. And so I absolutely would cover the right to have an abortion.

2. Extended access to health care for illegal aliens is “the right thing to do.”

5. Congress should force presidential candidates to release ten years of their tax returns.

Last April, Castro said he believed that Congress should pass “a law that requires people who are running for president to submit ten years of their tax returns.”

Castro stated at the time:

It is astonishing that this president still has not released his taxes, even though he said at one point that he would, and then he said he was under audit, Now, it’s gone so far that Congress is looking for those tax returns, and I hope they get them. Because it’s clear that he has something to hide.

6. President Trump “wants a nation in his own image.”

In addition to blaming him for the El Paso shooting last August, Castro also claimed during an appearance on CNN that President Trump “wants a nation in his own image.”

“I think this policy is just terribly misguided and that the real agenda behind it is that Donald Trump just wants a nation in his own image,” Castro said. “He wants to keep certain people out, only let certain people in. And this is not the spirit we should move forward with.”

7. The border crisis is “BS,” Trump treats immigrants like “animals.”

During an appearance on CNN’s New Day last April, Castro said the Trump administration’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico Border was “BS.”

“I don’t believe their narrative,” Castro said. “I don’t believe the BS that women and children who are fleeing dangerous circumstances present a national security threat to this country.”

“Right now this administration is playing games with [undocumented immigrants], not allowing them to present their claim for asylum at the border, keeping them caged in pens,” he added. “Folks probably saw the other day, for instance, the visuals out of El Paso, they were under a bridge fenced in, in a pen, treated like animals.”

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