One of the most reprehensible presidential candidates in American history, former housing secretary and mayor of San Antonio Julián Castro of Texas, has finally exited the 2020 race.
“With only a month until the Iowa caucuses and given the circumstances of this campaign season, I’ve determined that it simply isn’t our time,” Mr. Castro said in a forlorn video message released by his campaign. “Today it’s with a heavy heart, and profound gratitude, that I will suspend my campaign for president.”
“I’m not done fighting,” he said. “I’ll keep working towards a nation where everyone counts, a nation where everyone can get a good job, good health care and a decent place to live.”
Castro suffered from persistently low polling numbers, averaging under one per cent in Real Clear Politics polling for months and was struggling to raise funds. He was forced to publicly beg for donations to qualify for the November debate and failed to qualify for the December round.
If he had any decency he would have left in August when his brother Joaquín, who chaired his presidential campaign, tweeted an image featuring the names and employers of 44 of San Antonio’s top donors to President Donald Trump’s campaign. It was one of the most malicious acts ever committed against voters.
These private individuals contributed the maximum allowed by federal law per candidate, per election cycle of $2,800. Some were influential local business owners while others were listed as retirees or homemakers. Some even donated to Castro’s campaigns.
“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump — the owner of @BillMillerBarBQ, owner of the @HistoricPearl, realtor Phyllis Browning, etc. Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders,’” Joaquín tweeted.
It was a dog whistle to left wing mobs to target Trump’s donors. The timing of the post was also alarming, after two mass shootings that weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead and dozens others injured.
Joaquín was playing on left wing characterizations of Trump as a ‘white supremacist,’ claiming that the El Paso shooter mimicked the president’s language and targeted Latinos after he posted a manifesto online warning about a “Hispanic invasion” of the United States.
He ought to have known that shining a spotlight on Trump’s donors could potentially put them in danger by publicizing their names and professions.
“I believe that Americans have the right to freely associate. I also believe that that’s public information,” Julián claimed without remorse or apology.
Joaquín defended his actions on MSNBC’s Morning Joe by claiming that campaign contribution laws governed by the Federal Election Commission allow for this data to be published and anyone could look it up.
“What I hope is that this has started a conversation about what exactly Donald Trump is doing with these people’s money. And I hope donors in San Antonio and donors throughout the country, unless you support the white nationalism and the racism that Donald Trump is paying for and fueling, then I hope that you, as a person of good conscience, will think twice about contributing to his campaign,” Joaquín said.
The president’s supporters have a right to donate to whomever they wish without being singled out for attack and ridicule. He was probably hoping to hurt Trump’s campaign funding by driving fear into the hearts of people who wish to financially support him.
Commentary Magazine’s Noah Rothman wrote in an August 7 article: “Democrats know the effect that irresponsible rhetoric can have on disturbed individuals who are uniquely susceptible to suggestion. The party’s 2020 field isn’t shy about blaming the president for contributing to the radicalization of people who are inclined toward violence. They have a valid point. Democrats who decline to temper their rhetoric in observance of their responsibilities as lawmakers can also inspire the unstable to commit acts of politicized violence. The threat posed by excessive political rhetoric is real and demonstrable.”
Castro should have been discredited and forced out of the race back then, but the Democratic Party is now a hotbed of radical extremists. They appear well heeled and well-spoken on the debate stage but launch vile attacks against the president and his supporters on the campaign trail. Castro won’t be truly missed. Goodbye.