Sanders campaign hits back at Castro’s ‘reparations’ dig, accuses longshot 2020 Dem of playing politics

2020 presidential Democrats push for slavery reparations
2020 presidential Democrats push for slavery reparations

The war of words between Democratic presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro over their disagreement on proposed reparations for descendants of slaves isn’t showing any signs of letting up.

The independent senator from Vermont’s 2020 presidential campaign manager – in a conference call Monday with reporters – accused Castro of playing politics and doing “a disservice” to Sanders’ lifelong advocacy “for racial and economic justice.”


Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who later served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama, supports the idea of reparations for the descendants of slaves — which could come in the form of tax credits, subsidized education costs or other ideas. Two other Democratic presidential candidates – Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – also back reparations.

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Sanders rejected the idea of reparations during his 2016 White House bid, and earlier this month once again pushed back against the proposal.

“I think that right now, our job is to address the crises facing the American people and our…

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