CNN held a town hall event this week with Julian Castro, one of the many Democrats vying for the 2020 nomination. After answering one question, host Don Lemon basically cued the audience to applaud.
In the clip below, you can hear Lemon say “Give him a round of applause, if you want.” Naturally, the audience does.
Don Lemon helpfully reminds crowd to applaud Julian Castro's answer at CNN town hall. pic.twitter.com/uf4Tbm7ZzM
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) April 12, 2019
Castro also pushed reparations for slavery.
2020 Dem Pushes for Reparations During Town Hall — Host Reminds Him It Could Cost Taxpayers ‘Trillions’
During a town hall on Thursday, 2020 Democratic candidate Julian Castro spoke out about his support of reparations for slave descendants, but CNN host Don Lemon didn’t forget to point out that such a plan could cost taxpayers “trillions.”
The former HUD secretary joined a group of other 2020 candidates who have given their support to the bill. When asked about his reasoning, Castro claimed that he did not believe the issue had ever been fully addressed.
“I believe that we have never fully addressed in this country the original sin of slavery, and that because of that, we have never truly healed as a country,” said Castro.
Castro compared the reparations to paying back people for their property.
“I’ve said if we compensate people under our Constitution if we take their property, why wouldn’t you compensate for people who actually were considered property?”
See the clip below:
Julián Castro on why he supports reparations for slavery: "I believe that we have never fully addressed in this country the original sin of slavery, and that because of that, we have never truly healed as a country.” https://t.co/IxYclHsiEG #CastroTownHall pic.twitter.com/pcn7bgCrfL
— CNN (@CNN) April 12, 2019
Castro has a long way to go. His numbers are pretty low.
Castro remains optimistic about presidential bid
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said Sunday morning he isn’t worried about his favorability ratings just yet, joking with CNN’s Jake Tapper that his numbers were so low that they didn’t even warrant CNN showing a graphic on the screen.
“My favorability over the last, I guess, month and a half, went up by 6 points,” Castro said on “State of the Union.“
“I got out to Iowa a couple of weeks ago. You know, I’m articulating a strong, compelling vision for the future of this country — to make the country the smartest, the healthiest, the fairest and the most prosperous nation on Earth.”