Presidents son retweeted and then deleted post claiming Harris is not American black but comes from Jamaican Slave Owners
Donald Trump Jr is like a coward for tweeting and deleting a racist attack on Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential candidate Julin Castro said on Sunday.
Racist criticism of Harris proliferated online after Thursdays second debate, in which she shone in opposition to former vice-president Joe Biden, particularly when she grilled him over his past opposition to bussing as a way to racially integrate schools.
Harris announced a fundraising surge after the debate, with $2m coming in over 24 hours. The RealClearPolitics.com national polling average puts her fourth in the Democratic field, behind Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
During the debate on Thursday, Donald Trumps oldest son reposted a message from Ali Alexander, a far-right personality, which said: Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves. Shes not. She comes from Jamaican Slave Owners. Thats fine. Shes not an American Black. Period.
Is this true? Trump Jr asked. Wow.
Harriss father is Jamaican and her mother was from India. Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and US housing secretary, who would be the first Hispanic president, performed strongly in the first debate on Wednesday. On Sunday he appeared on CNNs State of the Union.
Its disgusting, he said of Trump Jrs tweet. It has no place in our politics. This is the game that these folks play. They put something out there. You notice what he did. He tweeted it out and then he deleted it like a coward, so he can say, Oh, that was a mistake.
But he knows what hes doing. Hes giving voice to these racist utterances about Senator Harris. We need to dispel them immediately and condemn them and then not give them any more life, because theyre disgusting.
Castro was not alone in defending the senator and criticising Trump Jr. Most of the Democratic candidates did so. The Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, for example, tweeted: Donald Trump Jr is a racist too. Shocker.