Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro is a desperate man trying to win the nomination for president of an increasingly unhinged Democratic Party.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock told The Hill on Wednesday, “Democrats are embracing immensely unpopular policy positions on health care and immigration. It’s a full-blown clown show.”
Castro has still not met the polling threshold required to qualify for the September Democratic Presidential debate.
He tallied around 0.6 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. He even scored under one percent in recent polls by NBC/The Wall Street Journal, The Hill /HarrisX, and Politico/Morning Consult.
In Iowa, Castro won 1 percent in a recent poll from USA Today/Suffolk University and 1.6% in his home state of Texas, according to a presidential primary survey conducted by Emerson College for The Dallas Morning News.
Hailed as ‘The Hispanic Obama’ then Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio, delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. “My story is really an American Dream story,” he said in a DNC video.
He often tells the story of his maternal grandmother who crossed over the United States border as a little girl. His mother, Rosie, was the first in her family to go to college and became a civil rights activist.
He and his soulmate, twin brother Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX), have become the terrible twos of Texas. The political twins have always been virtually inseparable. They are both handsome, sport great haircuts and are often well dressed in distinctive dark suits with impeccably shiny shoes.
Julián often brags about being older, born one minute before Joaquín, whom he lovingly describes as his best friend.
Joaquín complained in 2012 about being confused with his brother “1,000 times a day.” They are so identical that he has been sporting a beard recently, hoping to stop the confusion.
Both attended Stanford University, then Harvard Law School and entered the political arena. Julián served as Barack Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development while Joaquín represents Texas’ 20th District in Congress.
On Monday, Joaquín, chairman of his brother Julian’s presidential campaign, made an abhorrent decision to tweet an image featuring the names and employers of 44 of San Antonio’s top donors to Donald Trump’s campaign.
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.’”
The post elevated the party’s war on President Donald Trump to another level. It is now training its guns on his donors and supporters. It was a dog whistle to left wing mobs like those that congregated outside the home of ailing Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell on Monday night calling for someone to “just stab the motherf*cker in the heart please.”
The timing of the post is alarming, after two mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead and dozens others injured.
Democrats have been ratcheting up a climate of hatred and racial division in the country with their attacks on the president, whom they have targeted as a ‘white supremacist.’
They say the El Paso shooter mimicked the president’s language and targeted Latinos after posting a manifesto online warning about a “Hispanic invasion” of the United States.
While Julián has largely been unscathed in this dustup he must have endorsed his brother’s decision. They ought to have known that shining a spotlight on Trump donors could potentially put them in danger by publicizing their names and professions.
Race and politics have always been politically intertwined with incendiary and sometimes tragic outcomes. Julián and his brother are well aware of the potential consequences this post could bring.
Joaquín defended his actions on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday 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,” Castro said.
He believes the president’s supporters, who have a right to donate to whomever they wish without being singled out for attack and ridicule, should be held accountable for his rhetoric. He also hopes to hurt Trump’s campaign funding by driving fear into the hearts of people who wish to financially support him.
“Targeting and harassing Americans because of their political beliefs is shameful and dangerous,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
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.”
The Democratic Party is now consumed with its own self-importance and self-righteousness. The demagogues among them must be purged. Julián Castro’s campaign has crossed the line with this frontal assault on Republican voters and should be shut down, if we hope to maintain an acceptable level of decorum and decency in our politics. He no longer meets the moral threshold of someone who should be seeking then nomination for president.