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?”

He then pointed out that although slavery ended hundreds of years ago, there was still a debt to be paid.

“Even though we weren’t there in past generations, we’ve inherited a lot of moral assets, but we’ve also inherited some moral debts. And one of those debts that we’ve never paid is the debt of that original sin.”

However, Lemon pointed out that experts say that there is no way to address the issue without costing taxpayers trillions of dollars. Castro completely sidestepped the question, however, instead saying that he was for recognizing what happened.


“I think what Americans would be okay with is some sort of acknowledgment, first of all, an apology for what happened, and some sort of direct acknowledgment of the pain that was caused,” said Castro.

Castro also claimed that he would support legislation by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) that suggested forming a commission to research what measures could be taken. However, this bill received widespread criticism from Republicans who called the bill “impossible” to pay for while speaking with HuffPost.

“Essentially a conversation about reparations is just something that’s not even a realistic possibility, so it’s something I don’t think we spend any time conversing on,” Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) dismissed the notion.


  1. In related news Georgetown U., annual tuition $54k+, has voted a $27+ per semester fee to fund reparations. Note that students are paying for this, not a university with an endowment of $1.7 billion. No word on exemptions for people of color OR foreign-students who had nothing to do with slavery.

  2. Julian, you racial supremacist panderer. And loser.

    Your family’s and your own affiliations with La Raza say it all. The group’s motto (translated): “For the race, everything, outside the race, nothing.” eerily parallels the words of the National Socialists, Fascism, and Islam. q.v. “Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”
    q.q.v “Ein volk, ein reich, ein Fuhrer”

    1. “We will either find a way, or make one” – Hannibal.

      Another Socialist following along in lockstep spreading his philosophy for votes from the dependent low-IQ, low information “Gimme more free stuff” voter.

  3. You Socialist bobblehead. Just like the others supporting reparations you lack the most basic terms. Who, how much, how to pay. This means you’re simply sucking up to other bobbleheads who MIGHT vote for you.

  4. Are only those whose ancestors were slaveholders responsible for reparation?

    What about those who came AFTER the Civil War?

    If reparations are to be made, the government should charge for 1. the costs of liberating them (with interest) and 2. reparations to those whose ancestors died fighting for the Union.

  5. A commission. At taxpayer expense. More pandering bullshit.

    Reparations SHOULD be paid by all surviving slaveowners to all surviving slaves. Period. Here’s the rub. Blacks, whites, and Native Americans held slaves. The NAs continued to do so long after the Civil War ended.

    Who pays who? How much? Being black does not equate to having slave ancestors and some were actually slaveholders.

  6. Instead of trying to live back in the 1860’s, why don’t these so-called politicians consider fixing the problems of TODAY – as in 2019. And why should we pay money to the many generations who came AFTER slavery? And how would it be possible to discern who now is a descendant of a pre-1860’s slave?

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