Aug 13, 2019

Julián Castro buys "Fox & Friends" ad to take on Trump over El Paso shooting

If President Trump watches "Fox & Friends" Wednesday, he'll see a new ad featuring Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro talking directly to him and blaming him for the El Paso mass shooting.

Why it matters: The ad is a way for Castro to show voters he's not afraid to directly take on Trump.

  • "Julián isn't afraid of Donald Trump or his bigoted agenda, and will continue to expose his racism and division until he defeats him next November," Maya Rupert, Castro's campaign manager, said in a statement.
  • If Trump responds to the ad on Twitter, it could also help Castro's campaign with exposure and fundraising.

The state of play: Castro is placing a small ad buy — just $2,775 — for three spots throughout the day on Fox News in Bedminster, N.J., where Trump is spending the week at his private golf club.

  • Castro's campaign will continue spreading the ad digitally after it airs.

Between the lines: The El Paso shooter wrote a manifesto that echoed Trump's rhetoric on Hispanics, taking issue with what he called a "Hispanic invasion" in the U.S.

  • In the ad, Castro says: "As we saw in El Paso, Americans were killed because you stoked the fire of racists. Innocent people were shot down because they look different from you. Because they look like me. They look like my family."

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Julián Castro on the issues, in under 500 words

Julián Castro. Photo: Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images.

Editor's Note: Castro dropped out of contention for the Democratic presidential nomination on Jan. 2, 2020. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

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Julián Castro releases animal welfare plan seeking to undo Trump's rollbacks

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro speaks at the Young Leaders Conference 2019 in Georgia on Aug. 16. Photo: Paras Griffin/WireImage

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro announced Monday a comprehensive animal welfare plan that would seek to strengthen the Endangered Species Act, which has just been weakened by President Trump's administration.

Why it matters: Castro is the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to release a plan for animal welfare with his "PAW Plan" (Protecting Animals and Wildlife.").

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Fear in America

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Xiara Mercado stands at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Photo: Xiara Mercado via AP

America in 2019: 13 days after El Paso, Latinos are increasingly vocalizing their fear of attacks motivated by their race, ethnicity and culture.

What they're saying: “It’s really hard to be alive as an immigrant right now and to not be sick and exhausted,” Karla Cornejo Villavicencio told the N.Y. Times. “It feels like being hunted.”

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