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Julián Castro Calls Trump Jr a 'Coward' Over Racist Attack on Kamala Harris
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=29504"><span class="small">Martin Pengelly, Guardian UK</span></a>   
Sunday, 30 June 2019 13:38

Pengelly writes: "Donald Trump Jr is 'like a coward' for tweeting and deleting a racist attack on Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said on Sunday."

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris. (photo: Michele Eve Sandberg/REX/Shutterstock)
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris. (photo: Michele Eve Sandberg/REX/Shutterstock)

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Donald Trump Jr. Tweet About Her Race

Julián Castro Calls Trump Jr a 'Coward' Over Racist Attack on Kamala Harris

By Martin Pengelly, Guardian UK

30 June 19

President’s son retweeted and then deleted post claiming Harris is not ‘American black’ but comes from ‘Jamaican Slave Owners’

onald Trump Jr is “like a coward” for tweeting and deleting a racist attack on Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said on Sunday.

Racist criticism of the California senator proliferated online after Thursday’s second debate, in which she shone in opposition to former vice-president Joe Biden, particularly in grilling him over his past opposition to bussing as a way to racially integrate schools.

Harris announced a fundraising surge after the debate, with $2m coming in over 24 hours. The Real Clear national polling average puts her fourth in the Democratic field, behind Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

During the debate on Thursday, Donald Trump’s oldest son reposted a message from Ali Alexander, an alt-right personality, which said: “Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves. She’s not. She comes from Jamaican Slave Owners. That’s fine. She’s not an American Black. Period.”

“Is this true?” Trump Jr asked. “Wow.”

Harris’s father is Jamaican and her mother was from India. Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and US housing secretary who would be the first Hispanic president, performed strongly in the first debate on Wednesday. On Sunday he appeared on CNN’s State of the Union.

“It’s disgusting,” he said of Trump Jr’s tweet. “It has no place in our politics. This is the game that these folks play. They put something out there. You notice what he did. He tweeted it out and then he deleted it like a coward, so he can say, ‘Oh, that was a mistake.’

“But he knows what he’s doing. He’s giving voice to these racist utterances about Senator Harris. We need to dispel them immediately and condemn them and then not give them any more life, because they’re disgusting.”

Castro was not alone in defending the senator and criticising Trump Jr. Most of the Democratic candidates did so. The Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, for example, tweeted: “Donald Trump Jr is a racist too. Shocker.”

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, wrote: “Kamala Harris has been powerfully voicing her Black American experience. Her first-generation story embodies the American dream. It’s long past time to end these racist, birther-style attacks.”

That was a reference to “birther” conspiracy theorists who claim Barack Obama, born to an American mother and a Kenyan father, was not born in the US and was thus not qualified to be president. Donald Trump rose to political prominence by championing such attacks, before admitting Obama was born in the US.

Some rightwing social media accounts have accused Harris of being an “anchor baby” – a derogatory term used to describe children born in the US to immigrant parents.

Also on CNN on Sunday, Amy Klobuchar was asked if she believed attacks on Harris were being generated by Russians, as she seemed to imply in her first response to Trump Jr’s tweet.

“I have no idea who’s responsible for it,” she said. “I just know that [Russia has] messed around on the internet many times with bots and other things and there has been some connection to them way past the 2016 presidential election.

“I think the bigger point I was making in light of President Trump hanging out with Vladimir Putin again is that we as a country are supposed to be about the truth.”

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+7 # BetaTheta 2019-06-30 15:11
Don Jr. is a dim bulb indeed. Wonder if he is aware that many American blacks are also descendants of slave owners, who routinely raped their slaves.
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-30 17:28
I'm not getting how Trump Jr's tweet was a racist attack? People are always curious about where presidential candidates come from. Harris has a non-typical story. No one should mind talking about it. We talked about the fact that Obama's father was Kenyan, and not an American at all.

The trouble is that Harris is the leading Identity Democrat. The centerpiece of all of her policies and political philosophy is the Identity group that someone belongs to. She belongs to the African American community.

Identity politics makes one's identity a political issue. That means people will take different sides on it. It creates the victim vs. oppressor conflict. Identity politicians push their identities and personal stories out there, and then react in horror and anger if anyone talks about them. To me, Identity does not give anyone superior legitimacy.

I'm fine with Harris' identity. But I'm not fine with her hypocrisy. She worked overtime as a prosecutor and then Calif Attorney General to put poor African Americans in prison for silly things like smoking pot -- something she herself did -- or failing to see that their kids go to school. She's good with wealthy African Americans like stars or Willie Brown. But she seems to have no concern for poor African Americans. The reason here is that being poor is not a privileged Identity Group.

I'd like to know about everyone's ethnic background and origins. Where the hell did Swallowwell come from?
+4 # DongiC 2019-07-01 04:47
If, as Amy Klobuchar says, we are a country about truth, then, how did we ever elect Donald Trump as President? He has been caught in almost 10,000 violations of the truth standard and "fake news" is one of his favorite charges. As IIran Omar puts it, you can't believe a word he says.

Indeed, if a word is one's bond, then, Trump's bonds are worthless. With him, truth is a severely depreciated value. We have no use for him or his base in the White House. Not if we are to trust our President once again.
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-01 07:23
I think it is a big mistake for democrats to put their hopes in Kamala Harris. She has as many skeletons in her professional closet as Biden does.

For years, she defended California's law that criminally charges parents who permit their kids to miss school. These are inevitably single moms who work night shift jobs or two jobs and cannot be home in the morning to get their kids to school. So Harris charges them criminally and puts these single moms in jail. Then the family is separated and the kids go to a foster home or a group home.

Watch this video of a speech she made in 2010 when she laughs about her decision to put single moms in prison for the truancy of their kids.

This is just as bad as Trump's family separation.

Harris has also prosecuted homeless people and African American kids for smoking pot. She laughed in an interview about her own use of pot.

Gropin' Joe has some really bad political policies. He should be opposed for those. But so does Kamala Harris. She should be opposed for those. They will come out.

This is an especially good article from The Guardian on Harris' "prosecutor's mindset."

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+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-01 07:26
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"Harris cheerfully recounts the story of sending an attorney from her office to intimidate a homeless single mother whose children were missing school. She smiles as she recalls how she instructed her subordinates to “look really mean” so that the mother would take the threat of jail seriously. In separate footage, Harris mocks those on the left who say things like “build schools, not jails” and “put more money into education, not prisons”, suggesting they are naive sloganeers who do not understand crime prevention.

Here we see the limits of the “prosecutorial mindset”. Like the old slogan “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” when all you have is the ability to bring criminal charges, everything looks like a crime."

Of course, putting people in jail has done nothing to prevent crime. If that were true, the US with the highest incarceration rates in the world, would be crime free. Jail happens after a crime has already been committed or maybe no crime was committed but a prosecutor needs to pump up her incarceration numbers so people are forced to plead guilty to things they did not do.

People are often fooled by prosecutors because of their vicious attacks on others. Americans may just be stupid enough to fall for this one. But I hope not.
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-01 07:34
Mayor Pete -- “Kamala Harris has been powerfully voicing her Black American experience."

Yes, indeed. The Guardian below describes perfectly that the "Black American experience" is. There's a name for it: "the jack-boot of the police" or as Harris calls it "the spotlight of public safety."

"In her 2010 speech, Harris noted that one of the parents prosecuted for truancy was a single mother of three, who was homeless and working two jobs. By shining the “spotlight of public safety” on her case, officials were able to get the woman services, Harris argued. Once her children’s attendance improved, “we dismissed the charges against her”.

Harris’s anecdote about the homeless mother captures “the disaster of American social policy”, James Forman Jr, a scholar and critic of mass incarceration, wrote on Twitter in response to the clip. “That’s the American way: what little help we offer poor people comes under threat of prison.”

The people prosecuted for the “crime” of having their children miss school are overwhelmingly poor, black and brown, Forman, the author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment Black America, wrote. “Poor parents don’t need the threat of jail to get their kids to school. They need what the wealthy take for granted: good schools, lead-free water, safe parks, healthy food, well-stocked libraries, etc.”
0 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-07-01 10:34
Well, at least this important news story pushed War with Iran (not so important) off the front pages of our main stream journalism. People without passion, substitute drama.