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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'
© Greg Nash

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro described President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 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-CortezTexas man charged for alleged role in Capitol riots, online death threats to Ocasio-Cortez DC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Tensions running high after gun incident near House floor MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Overnight Energy: EPA rule exempts many polluting industries from future air regulations | Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report | Officials ousted from White House after papers casting doubt on climate science Ex-Michigan governor to be charged over Flint water crisis: report MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBelfast's Troubles echo in today's Washington Federal government carries out 13th and final execution under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history 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.