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Julián Castro: 'Everybody knows that the president acts like a white supremacist'

Julián Castro: 'Everybody knows that the president acts like a white supremacist'
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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro described President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE’s recent tweets attacking progressive congresswomen as "disgusting" and "racist," but suggested that such language is par for the course for the president. 

“Everybody knows that the president acts like a white supremacist. He is a racist, he’s made that clear on so many different occasions,” Castro said Monday on CNN’s “New Day.” 

Castro, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary under former President Obama, said Trump's political strategy is centered on dividing people along racial lines.

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"The question is, what are we as Americans going to do about this," Castro said.

Castro added that it's not the first time the U.S. faced a leader "that made their whole career on being racially divisive."

"And in every generation Americans were able to rise up and push back and be better and more inclusive," he said. "That's the question for this election. Are we going to go forward to an America that continues to expand opportunity and get closer to words in our founding document? Or are we going to go backward?"

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that a group of progressive Democratic congresswomen should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Though he did not name the lawmakers, the president appeared to be attacking Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBattle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers Overnight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarFree Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech Schumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands White House raises refugee cap to 62,500 MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSix House Democrats ask Garland to review case of lawyer placed under house arrest over Chevron suit OSHA sends draft emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 to OMB review Imperative that Democrats figure out what went wrong in 2020 MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyWarren says she'll run for reelection to Senate Bush testifies before Congress about racist treatment Black birthing people face during childbirth, pregnancy Genetic material from 1993 killing revealed years after another man executed for crime, groups say MORE (D-Mass.). All four are U.S. citizens, and only Omar was born outside of the U.S. She came to the country as a refugee from Somalia at age 12.

Democrats have widely rebuked the comments as racist. Despite pushback, the president later doubled down on this tweets.