Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro achieved a new level of filth on Monday when he tweeted the names and employers of 44 San Antonio residents who donated the federal maximum to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.
Castro, the twin brother of Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, put these American citizens in danger. He claimed that they are directly “fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.”
Castro knows something is bound to happen to these donors, why else would he release their information. This is a seriously dangerous act committed by the congressman whose district includes much of San Antonio. Rather than serving these residents as he is intended to, Castro is willfully inciting violence against them.
“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,” the congressman wrote, proceeding to name local businesses whose owners gave the maximum to Trump’s campaign. Eleven of the 44 donors shown in Rep. Castro’s post listed their employment as “retired.”
The Trump campaign quickly responded to the dangerous act. Communications director Tim Murtaugh is demanding Castro delete the post.
“Democrats want to talk about inciting violence? This naming of private citizens and their employers is reckless and irresponsible. He is endangering the safety of people he is supposed to be representing,” Murtaugh told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“No one should be targeted for exercising their First Amendment rights or for their political beliefs. He should delete the tweet, apologize, and his brother’s campaign should disavow it,” Murtaugh continued.
Murtaugh added that the campaign reported Castro’s tweet to Twitter for “targeted harassment.”
“At the very least @Castro4Congress is inviting harassment of these private citizens. At worst, he’s encouraging violence. Will media concerned about “rhetoric” care about this? He’s listing people and their employers. This is a target list,” Murtaugh said.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise was harshly critical of Rep. Castro as well, warning the Democratic congressman: “This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand.”
While The names and employers of campaign donors are publicly available in Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, it’s completely different when someone publicly publishes a targeted list of names like this.
Especially when it comes to a member of the House of Representatives, for whom publishing lists of opposing donors in the area and their places of employment, is absolutely ridiculous and divisive.
Ted Cruz also weighed in on the release, condemning the dangerous rhetoric Castro used.
“EVERYONE needs to tone the hateful partisan rhetoric way down. This is WRONG & Castro should retract it. In our constitutional Republic, the People rightly hold their representatives accountable; elected representatives should not be vilifying & doxxing their own constituents.”
Castro later not only defended but doubled down on his decision to publish the list, comparing it to media coverage of large campaign donors.
His twin brother’s campaign that Joaquin is running, will surely take a hit for this. Although it likely won’t matter as it was pooling very poorly in Democratic primaries. The campaign denied requests to comment on the matter.