Former HUD secretary Julián Castro’s long-shot Democratic presidential ambitions are fizzling fast, as he failed to qualify for the debate that is scheduled to take place later in the month.
This comes following an announcement from the Castro campaign that they would not be able to continue their campaign into primary season unless they qualified for this debate. Now that he has failed to do so, the campaign is all but doomed.
“The truth is, for our campaign, these debates have offered our only guaranteed opportunity to share my vision with the American people. If I can’t make the next debate stage, we cannot sustain a campaign that can make it to Iowa in February,” his campaign wrote to its supporters last month.
The candidates who have qualified for the debate that is scheduled to take place on Nov. 20 in Georgia include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Cory Booker, Billionaire Tom Steyer, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Castro will not be among them.
Castro has attempted to gain a following by making wild statements to establish himself as the most left-wing individual in the field. He has argued for reparations for slavery in a pathetic attempt to reach out to minority voters.
He has also shown a willingness to excuse violent crimes from illegal aliens, as he calls for amnesty and the flooding of the U.S. southern border with the refuse of the third world.
“Let me begin the answer to that question by saying – look – all of us know as human beings, regardless of circumstance, whether people are rich or poor, no matter the color of their skin, what their background is, people commit crime: crime happens,” Castro said at a Fox News town hall in June.
His brother, Joaquin, a U.S. Congressman from Texas, even doxxed Trump supporters this summer in the hopes that they would be targeted by violent left-wing extremists such as ANTIFA.
At the very least @Castro4Congress is inviting harassment of these private citizens. At worst, he’s encouraging violence.
Will media concerned about “rhetoric” care about this?
He’s listing people and their employers.
This is a target list. pic.twitter.com/5JnNe7RxYb
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) August 6, 2019
Castro stood by his brother through the scandal, and attempted to raise the profile for his presidential campaign after his brother’s shameful threats gained headlines.
Joaquin and I will keep fighting. The American people will fight every day for our nation, against your hate, your corruption, and your ego. And we’ll win. #AdiósTrump https://t.co/nC0haWRydr pic.twitter.com/mMneHqXyT5
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 8, 2019
Unfortunately for Castro, his brand of extremism has not resonated with Democratic constituents. He may be too radical for even them, or perhaps he is just not charismatic or interesting enough to captivate their interest. He is expected to bow out of the presidential race in the upcoming days.
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