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Rep. Castro: Election Shows Trump 'Toxic' For Republican Party

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 November 2017 01:09 PM

Tuesday night's election results show President Donald Trump has been "toxic" for his party so far, and the midterm elections may show even more losses for Republicans, Rep. Joaquin Castro said Wednesday.

"I think it's clear that Donald Trump has been toxic for the Republican Party so far," the Texas Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "Whatever Midas touch the president had in the 2016 elections didn't carry over to many elected officials and politicians in his party. It's not uncommon."

The 2018 midterm elections could also continue that trend, said Castro, as a sitting president's party can be defeated badly.

Castro also addressed the continuing debate about gun control, which was brought again into focus by Sunday's deadly church massacre in his state.

"It's hard not to give up hope because of what we saw what happened in Newtown, we've seen what happened in Orlando and Las Vegas and so many other places, and then Congress does nothing and the news moves on," Castro said. "I still believe that we can do something. There has been very positive talk around here, especially since Las Vegas but certainly now after Texas. I think ultimately we will get something done."

Violent incidents are often blamed on either a mental health issue or a problem with the nation's guns laws, but Castro said he believes the matter is a combination of factors.

Castro said he supports universal background checks, but he also agrees with his Republican colleagues that funding should be increased for mental health programs.

"Even with those preventive measures, you'll still have people that fall through the cracks the way this guy, this gunman did," Castro said, referring to Devin Kelley, the person who shot and killed 26 people and injured others at the First Baptist Church at Sunderland Springs, Texas, before turning a weapon on himself.

Kelley had been released from the Air Force under a bad-conduct discharge after he attacked his wife and child, among other actions, but was able to buy guns because the military did not report his background to a national database.

"Some people are going to fall through the cracks," Castro said. "That's why the second part of it is you have to make sure that you limit the damage that this weapon can do. You have to either ban assault rifles, as we did in the 1990s or I think you have to ban high capacity magazines. I think it's both those things."

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Tuesday night's election results show President Donald Trump has been "toxic" for his party so far, and the midterm elections may show even more losses for Republicans, Rep. Joaquin Castro said Wednesday.
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