Castro: Trump 'thinks he's going to win in 2020' through 'racial priming'

Castro: Trump 'thinks he's going to win in 2020' through 'racial priming'
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“It’s important for us to call it out for what it is, which is racism,” Castro said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” linking it to earlier remarks by Trump such as his attacks on a Mexican-American judge hearing a lawsuit against him and his insistence that some of the marchers in the 2017 “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., were “very fine people.”


Trump “engages in what’s known as racial priming” and “tries to get people to move into their camps by racial and ethnic identities,” Castro said. “That’s how he thinks he won in 2016 and that’s how he thinks he’s going to win in 2020.”

The former HUD secretary and presidential candidate repeated remarks he made to NPR, calling Trump “the biggest identity politician we have seen in the last 50 years.”

The solution, Castro added, was to instead unite Americans across racial and ethnic lines based on shared values.

Castro also defended a clip CBS’ Margaret Brennan played in which, as mayor of San Antonio, he credited the Obama administration for sending more “boots on the ground” to the U.S./Mexico border.

Castro noted that in the clip he specifically discussed the apprehension and deportation of felons, contrasting this with “us[ing] migrants as a scapegoat to create fear and paranoia.”