President Donald Trump runs his administration and election campaign on the platform of "division," "hate," and "bigotry" as a "political strategy," according Democratic presidential primary candidate Julián Castro.
"Anybody who has the ability to see and hear and understand what the president has been doing since he started his campaign in 2015 knows that division and bigotry and fanning the flames of hate has been his political strategy," Castro told ABC's "This Week."
Castro, a Texas Democrat, was responding Sunday to President Trump's rhetoric as a cause of the recent mass murders in Texas and Ohio, which left 30 dead.
"He's given license for this toxic brew of white supremacy to fester more and more in this country, and we're seeing the results of that," Castro added. "I do agree with this: Look, there's one person that's responsible directly for that shooting in El Paso and that's the shooter – at the same time, as our national leader, you have a role to play in either fanning the flames of division or bringing Americans of different backgrounds together.
"Most presidents have chosen to try and bring people together. This president very early on made a clear choice to divide people for his own political benefit, and these are some of the consequences that we're seeing of that."
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