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Castro slams media for holding Harris to 'different standard'

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro blamed a media “double standard” for his fellow candidate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden pushes into Trump territory The Hill's Campaign Report: One week from Election Day | Biden looks to expand map | Trump trails narrowly in Florida, Arizona The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - One week out, where the Trump, Biden race stands MORE (D-Calif.), announcing her exit from the race Tuesday.

“The way the media has treated Kamala Harris has been something else,” Castro said in a clip tweeted by his national press secretary, Sawyer Hackett, citing recent articles in national publications that described disarray and infighting within her campaign.

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The coverage “basically trashed her campaign and focused on one small part of it,” Castro said, adding, “They’ve held her to a different standard, a double standard [that] has been grossly unfair and unfortunate,”

The former Obama Cabinet member went on to praise Harris for her qualifications and her willingness to fight for others. 

“I really want to commend Sen. Harris for the race that she’s run. She’s one of the most qualified people running, and throughout this campaign she’s run her campaign with class and with dignity,” Castro said, adding that the California senator had “articulated a vision and fought for people of all different backgrounds, people who need a champion,” citing Harris’s own immigrant parents.

Numerous other 2020 hopefuls offered their own praise for Harris after she announced she would withdraw from the race Tuesday, including Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority MORE (D-N.J.), who said Harris “broke barriers and did it with joy,” and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls Senate Democrats want hearing on Pentagon vaccine effort MORE (D-Mass.), who commended her for “your commitment to fighting for the people, for justice, and to holding Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE accountable.”