Jan 6, 2020

Julián Castro endorses Elizabeth Warren

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Julián Castro, who dropped out of the 2020 presidential race last week, endorsed Elizabeth Warren on Monday.

"There's one candidate I see who's unafraid to fight like hell to make sure America's promise will be there for everyone, will make sure that no matter where you live in America or where your family came from in the world — you have a path to opportunity, too."

Why it matters: It's one of the first high-profile endorsements from a former presidential contender this cycle — and it's significant because Castro is widely viewed as a leading vice presidential pick for the eventual nominee.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Alexi McCammond: Castro and Warren have been pretty close throughout the primary, and his endorsement reflects that bond they’ve shared.

  • They will be campaigning together, and he will make solo appearances without her as well.
  • If Warren has to be pulled from campaign trail to participate in the Senate impeachment trial, Castro will be a crucial surrogate during that time.

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Clergy of the historic St. John's Episcopal Church expressed furor and confusion over President Trump's visit on Monday, which he claimed was to honor the establishment after George Floyd protestors sparked a small fire on the property Sunday night.

The big picture: Park rangers and military police deployed tear gas and physical force to disperse peaceful protestors from Lafayette Park, which surrounds the White House, so Trump could walk to "pay respects" to the church — and a St. John's rector on the scene revealed in a Facebook post that she was left "coughing" from the tear gas.

Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted early Tuesday that he'd just left the Bronx and the police commissioner was sending additional assistance to problem areas. Protesters were "overwhelmingly peaceful" Monday, he said. "But some people tonight had nothing to do with the cause + stole + damaged instead," he added.