2020 presidential hopeful and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro shone in tonight’s Democratic Debate when he took a unique opportunity to talk about the current humanitarian crisis at the southern border—and smoothly connect it to a question on foreign policy. When asked a question about how to regain the world’s trust, Castro said what nearly everyone on that stage was likely to agree with: We need to get Trump out of the White House.
“You asked the question,” he began, “about how we are going to get people to trust us again? The first thing is we got to boot Donald Trump out of the Oval Office so people will trust us again.”
But then, as demonstrated in the clip at the bottom of this post, Castro took it a powerful step further.
“I also want people to think,” Castro said, “the folks this week that saw those images of ISIS prisoners running free, to think about how absurd it is that this president is caging kids on the border and effectively letting ISIS prisoners run free.”
”He has made a tremendous mistake, a total disaster there in Syria,” Castro continued. “And just to connect the dots for a second… If you’re Kim Jong-un, for instance, why in the world would you believe anything this president says to contain your nuclear weapons program when he tore up an Iran nuclear agreement that we just signed four years ago. Which was the strongest agreement to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons program. And now, he’s abandoned the very people that we gave our word to.”
People on Twitter, as well as the live audience, also absolutely loved Castro’s response, as seen below.
“This president is caging kids at the border while letting ISIS go free.”@JulianCastro coming with the straight up truth.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 16, 2019
BIG APPLAUSE for Julian Castro as he says of President Trump: This president is “caging kids at the border” and allowing ISIS fighter to “run free” in Syria.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 16, 2019
— Natalie Montelongo (@natimontelongo) October 16, 2019
— Latino Victory (@latinovictoryus) October 16, 2019
Here’s that awesome clip:
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