Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro plans to air a series of campaign ads on one of President Donald Trump’s favorite morning programs, directly confronting the commander-in-chief and placing part of the blame for recent mass shootings squarely on him.
The Washington Post reported that the ad buy will cost Castro’s campaign less than $3,000, and is set to air Wednesday during Fox & Friends, a program Trump is known to watch regularly.
Within the ad, Castro looks directly into the camera, as if speaking to Trump, addressing him by name. He takes him to task for racist and vile rhetoric he accuses the president of engaging in.
“President Trump: You referred to countries as s—holes. You urged American Congresswomen to ‘go back’ to where they came from. You called immigrants rapists,” Castro says in the ad.
He further suggests that the hateful rhetoric has helped to inspire white supremacists and others to act out aggressively.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 13, 2019
“As we saw in El Paso, Americans were killed because you stoked the fire of racists,” Castro says in the ad. “Innocent people were shot down because they look different from you. Because they look like me. They look like my family.”
“Words have consequences. ¡Ya Basta!” Castro concludes, speaking the Spanish words for “Enough” in his last sentence.
Although the shooter from the El Paso event said his views “predate Trump,” it’s evident to some that, within the manifesto he allegedly wrote, he was also been inspired by the president’s words.
For instance, the shooter referred to immigrants as a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Trump has also described immigrants coming to this country as an “invasion” in highly-publicized remarks made during last year’s midterm elections, the New York Times reported.
Other violent actors, too, have cited Trump’s rhetoric before carrying out their actions, including attempted pipe bomber Cesar Sayoc, HuffPost reported.