Democratic presidential candidate Juliàn Castro has a message for President Donald Trump. And he thinks he knows the best way to send it.
Castro bought three ad spots for under $2,500 to air Wednesday on Fox News in New Jersey—where Trump is spending the week at his Trump International golf resort. The targeted program slot is during Fox & Friends.
In the ad shared by Castro on Twitter, the former Mayor of San Antonio and HUD Secretary under President Barack Obama stated:
“President Trump, you referred to countries as shitholes, you urged American Congresswomen to ‘go back where they came from,’ you called immigrants rapists.”
“As we saw in El Paso, Americans were killed because you stoked the fire of racists. Innocent people were shot down because they looked different from you. They looked like me, they looked like my family.”
He ended by saying:
“Words have consequences. Ya basta.”
Ya basta is a Spanish phrase equivalent to telling someone “stop” or “enough already.”
Watch the ad here.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 13, 2019
— Tom Benning (@tombenning) August 13, 2019
Reactions to the ad were mixed online—with accolades from some while Trump supporters decried the message—sparking debate in the comments.
Well said sir.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) August 13, 2019
Not gonna lie, I’m sort of crushing on Julian Castro 😍
— Jaime Lee Lord (@jaimeleelord) August 13, 2019
Stalinists are HOT to her apparently.
— Jennifer Lingle (@Iron_Jingleen) August 13, 2019
Stalinists? Lmao its apparent the people on the right either love to throw the words communism, stalinism, and Marxism out at everything that isn’t what they like or they’re just plain stupid and don’t actually know what they’re talking about. Which one are you?
— 🇵🇷🇳🇬 (@Brandoncal14) August 13, 2019
The Castro brothers must never hold office again.
The sow hatred and division and they will do anything to win, anything, including harrassing you and targeting because you don’t support them.
— semby24 (@semby24) August 13, 2019
Wow, you can’t see the HATE @realDonaldTrump has incited since the begining. Even before with Central Park 5, why are you so blind?
— Jram1327 (@jram1327) August 13, 2019
— ustonymc (@ustonymc) August 13, 2019
You obviously follow Jesus but fail to follow any of his teachings. You are a #FakeChristian
— Tweeety Byrd (@tweeety_byrd93) August 13, 2019
This is amazing! Thank you for your leadership, @JulianCastro
— Juan Escalante (@JuanSaaa) August 13, 2019
More importantly, he inflames and allies with Racists, dragging Evangelicals willingly along with him. SAD AF.
— Robert Bess (@robertbess7) August 13, 2019
When you see someone quote something like this, loaded with …’s
You have to ask why not the full quote?
— John B (@johnbonesNJ) August 13, 2019
Can’t argue that, lol
Trump’s a joke, and I think he’s as racist as any 76 yr old white guy who grew up on the east coast in the 70s
I just think leaving out parts of his quotes that don’t fit the narrative only allows him to cry fake news and some times he will be correct
— John B (@johnbonesNJ) August 13, 2019
The President threatened to use the US military against refugee caravans he falsely claimed was an “invasion” and even suggested they could be shot. Men, women and children refugees. Where did the El Paso shooter get his ideas?https://t.co/MhQrUfKvKZ
— Laurence “Larry” Boorstein (@LarryBoorstein) August 13, 2019
While some seemed to confuse Juliàn with his Texas Democratic Representative brother Joaquin Castro.
US rep that attacks his own constituents and donors, and continues the racist hoax. No crediblity.
— cD⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@CDPatriot) August 13, 2019
Привет, товарищ, хорошо ли вам Владимир платит за пропаганду? Я спрашиваю, потому что мне также интересно, получает ли Московский Митч какие-либо откаты.
— George (@TheOrigCatfood) August 13, 2019
Propaganda from 1 who publishes target lists. Referring 2 immigrants; Trump talks about some ILLEGAL immigrants (big diff 🤥). Urged congresswoman to try hateful ideas where they came from but also told them to come back. Blames shooting on Trump yet U & MSM constantly lie 🤥. pic.twitter.com/7oZG22lcS4
— Genuine American (@4Great_America) August 13, 2019
According to Maya Rupert, Castro’s campaign manager:
“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.”
You can purchase Castro’s memoir, An Unlikely Journey, here.