Julián Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has accused President Donald Trump of being at fault for inspiring the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
“President Trump: You referred to countries as s—holes,” Castro says in the ad. “You urged American Congresswomen to ‘go back’ to where they came from. You called immigrants rapists. As we saw in El Paso, Americans were killed because you stoked the fire of racists,” Castro continues. “Innocent people were shot down because they look different from you. Because they look like me. They look like my family.”
According to law enforcement, the alleged gunman behind the shooting wrote a document that mirrored Trump’s language on immigrants, and spoke of a “Hispanic invasion.”
At the end of the video, Castro says: “Words have consequences. Ya basta,” which means “enough” in Spanish.
“Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric inspired the largest violent attack on the Latinx community in history,” Castro’s campaign manager, Maya Rupert, told The Washington Post.
“Yet, even in the wake of this attack his campaign continues to use words like ‘invasion’ to describe immigrants, and attacks two of the most prominent Latino politicians. Julián isn’t afraid of Donald Trump or his bigoted agenda,