Wow. It’s clear the left hates President Donald Trump, but Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, a rising progressive star in the party, dropped such an outlandish accusation against the Trump administration that even the network that all but dedicates 24-7 coverage to destroying the president balked.
Castro went on national television and accused Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, with an assist from U.S. intelligence agencies, of giving Saudi Arabia a “hit list” of enemies that included journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was reportedly killed recently.
Cited unspecified reporting, Castro said Kushner “may have, with U.S. intelligence, delivered a hit list, an enemies list, to the crown prince, to MBS, in Saudi Arabia and that the prince may have acted on that, and one of the people he took action against is Mr. Khashoggi.”
The irresponsible accusation by a member of Congress proved to be a bridge too far for even CNN, with anchor Poppy Harlow making it a point to say the network is not familiar with the “reporting.”
Kushner established close ties to the Saudi crown prince since joining the Trump administration and there was speculation Castro may be referring to an Interceptor article from March.
Likely referring to this reporting? https://t.co/aAqIgeXF7f
— Beth Bryson (@maddezmom) October 19, 2018
The off-the-wall conspiracy theory prompted a wave of responses.
Republican strategist Evan Siegfried tweeted: “Congressman @JoaquinCastrotx peddles an insane conspiracy theory that on Jared Kushner gave Saudi Arabia a ‘hit list’ of enemies and Jamal Khashoggi was on the list, which is why he was killed.”
Congressman @JoaquinCastrotx peddles an insane conspiracy theory that on Jared Kushner gave Saudi Arabia a “hit list” of enemies and Jamal Khashoggi was on the list, which is why he was killed pic.twitter.com/AjVhYCFNuN
— Evan Siegfried (@evansiegfried) October 19, 2018
Curtis Houck, managing editor at NewsBusters, called the accusation “incredibly irresponsible” in a tweet that shared the clip.
Video: Here's the video of Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro stating without evidence that Kushner may have given the Saudis a hit list that had Khashoggi's name on it and thus the Saudis had him killed. Incredibly irresponsible. pic.twitter.com/9mossq4Cdt
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 19, 2018
Observer columnist John Schindler noted that Castro is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, saying that the Democrat should be removed from the panel for smearing the intelligence community.
This is so wildly irresponsible I don't even know where to start.
Castro is on the HPSCI. He publicly blamed the IC here. He needs to be removed from the Committee immediately.
This is Nunes-level crazy here. https://t.co/qun1nFf1Aq
— John Schindler (@20committee) October 19, 2018
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:
Are Castro's constituents OK with this deranged and slanderous conspiracy-mongering? Are his fellow Democrats? https://t.co/xzvl7eBvOv
— Jeff Jacoby (@Jeff_Jacoby) October 19, 2018
Are Castro’s constituents OK with this deranged and slanderous conspiracy-mongering? Are his fellow Democrats? https://t.co/xzvl7eBvOv
— Jeff Jacoby (@Jeff_Jacoby) October 19, 2018
The floating of wildly irresponsible conspiracy theories is no better when it’s done by the left. “Dem Rep. Castro Floats Wild Theory: Khashoggi Was Killed After Kushner Gave Saudi Crown Prince a ‘Hit List'” https://t.co/l7EJgT2N7f via @mediaite
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) October 19, 2018
Did Rep Joaquin Castro just accidentally divulge classified information or is he making shit up? Cause if this is true, my god… https://t.co/ngSJYK2Z38
— Walker Cook ? (@wtc1998) October 19, 2018
In which Congressman @JoaquinCastrotx casually asserts that Jared Kushner may have ORDERED THE MURDER of a @washingtonpost journalist and provides the citation equivalent of “people are saying.” pic.twitter.com/vn9UsuPDMq
— Ben (@BenHowe) October 19, 2018
This guy, this is craziness. https://t.co/pxci2M2muX
— JW Watch (@JW_Watch) October 19, 2018
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