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.
Hispanic Democrat Leaders in California are Desperately Calling for Kamala Harris’s Senate Seat to be Filled by a Hispanic
Democrats are Making an Attempt to Ethnically Pander
Hispanic Democrats are getting desperate. One of the major stories of 2020 was how Republicans made solid gains with Hispanics, all the way from Florida to Texas.
Curt Mills, the senior reporter at the American Conservative, pointed out how California Democrat leaders recognize the party’s underperformance with Hispanics.
Mills tweeted, “California Latino leaders — in wake of an underwhelming performance among the demographic, nationally and in the Golden State — take out full page ad in @latimes Sunday, urging Governor Newsom to pick state Secretary of State Alex Padilla to replace Kamala Harris.”
— curtmills (@CurtMills) November 29, 2020
These leaders want California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill in the incoming Vice President Kamala Harris’s Senate seat. Curiously, the Biden administration nominated Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban American. Democrats likely understand their mediocre numbers with Hispanics and are doing everything possible to pander to them by rewarding them with political positions.
Democrats are perhaps becoming aware that their grip on the Hispanic vote is not as firm many experts have made it out to be. According to exit poll data coming from CNN, 65 percent of Hispanics voted for the Democrat Party, while President Donald Trump received 32 percent of the Hispanic vote. Although these numbers are within the Republican average, context is everything.
These numbers came after a four year period when pundits assured us that Donald Trump’s tough stances on immigration would completely alienate him from Hispanic voters. Some pundits even went as far as to say that the Hispanic vote would break towards the Democrats by monolithic margins, similar to the way African Americans vote for Democrats. However, this has not been the case. As Joe Biden observed, the Hispanic community is quite diverse and cannot be easily pigeonholed.
The Trump campaign recognized and targeted certain groups such as Florida Hispanics by using the current example of Venezuela’s economic failure to appeal to them. A number of Hispanics along the South Texas border also bought into Trump’s message of border security and likely understand the dangers Mexican cartels pose. For that reason, pulling the lever for Trump was not a difficult decision.
Any productive Republican outreach with Hispanics involves appeals to law and order and a focus on border security. Right now the Democrats’ woke coalition is fragile and Republicans can exploit its contradictions by appealing to populist policies that cross racial lines and expose the corruption of a ruling class that is the enemy of all Americans.
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