Castro slams Trump Jr. as 'coward' for giving voice to questions about Harris's racial heritage

Julián Castro on Sunday blasted Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDemocrats introduce bill to block taxpayer-funded spending at Trump properties Trump dismisses NYT explanation on Kavanaugh correction The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE as “a coward” for raising questions about the racial heritage of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Biden leads in new national poll, Warren close behind in second place MORE (Calif.), a fellow 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful. 

The president's eldest son last Thursday retweeted and then deleted a post by Ali Alexander, a conservative media personality, claiming that Harris “comes from Jamaican Slave Owners” but is “not an American Black.”

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“Is this true? Wow,” Trump Jr. tweeted to his 3.65 million followers before deleting it.

Castro on Sunday called the move “disgusting” and said it “has no place in our politics.”

"You notice what he did. He tweeted it out, and then he deleted it like a coward so he could say, 'Oh, that was just a mistake,' but he knows what he’s doing. He’s giving voice to these racist, you know, utterances about Sen. Harris," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"We need to dispel them immediately and condemn them and then not give them any more life because they’re disgusting," he said.

Harris delivered one of the biggest moments of last Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate by challenging former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency 2020 candidates keep fitness on track while on the trail Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE about his past opposition to federally mandated busing to integrate public schools.

She said busing personally affected her life and criticized Biden for touting his collegial relationships with segregationist senators James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.), calling those words “hurtful.”

“I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground," she told Biden at the debate.

"But I also believe, and it’s personal and I was actually very — it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country," she added.