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 TrumpResistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family George Conway and Trump Jr. trade personal insults during impeachment hearing Trump: 'Everybody knows who the whistleblower is' MORE as “a coward” for raising questions about the racial heritage of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide Harris gets key union endorsement amid polling plateau 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 BidenBudget official says he didn't know why military aid was delayed: report Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams' closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry 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.