Slimy Joaquin Castro Publishes Names of San Antonio Trump Contributors to Shame Them, But Plan Backfires; Castro Facing Backlash From All Sides

  • Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, who’s the brother and campaign chairman of 2020 presidential hopeful Julián Castro, is facing backlash after posting the names and employers of people in the San Antonio area who have contributed to President Trump’s campaign while defending his decision.
  • Though it’s not clear who put together the list, Castro tweeted the list of San Antonio residents who donated significant amounts to Trump’s campaign.
  • Castro tweeted: “Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump. Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”
  • Castro also tweeted the Twitter handles of local business owners who donated the maximum allowable donation to Trump, “which is $2,800 each for federal primary and general election campaigns. Election law states individuals who donate over $200 to these campaigns report to the Federal Election Commission.”
  • “New York Times” reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted: “This is dangerous, by any campaign,” and wrote she didn’t re-tweet the image because “because I don’t want to put these people’s names in my feed.”
  • Journalist Yashar Ali tweeted: “The campaign of a member of congress targeting individual donors, and their businesses, to another campaign (and not famous billionaires) is a terrible and dangerous precedent to set. Also, this isn’t even Joaquin Castro’s opponent. Not that it would be ok if it were. Awful.”
  • Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted: “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.”
  • Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted: “How low have Dems sunk? This is Joaquin Castro, Congressman & chair of his brother’s campaign. Naming private citizens & their employers, targeting them for their political views and exercising 1st Amendment rights.”
  • During a Wednesday interview with Castro, MSNBC’s Willie Geist asked: “What do you say to those people this morning who said, ‘I made a campaign donation and now I’m going to be harassed, I’m going to have people protesting outside my business or perhaps even my home’ … what do you want from them?”
  • Castro insisted it was never his intention to endanger anybody and said: “I don’t want anybody harassed.”
  • Geist pushed back: “But they will be because you put their names in public,” and Castro, once again, insisted that wasn’t his intention.
  • Castro added: “Like I said, my post was actually as a San Antonian, my family has been here since 1922. It was a lament. It wasn’t meant as a boycott. It wasn’t meant to target these people.”
  • Castro continued: “It was meant to draw attention to the fact we’ve got a lot of people in our community who are respected by San Antonio, who are contributing to this guy that’s using their money to fuel hate.”

Reference Links

  • Washington Examiner: Rep. Castro says it is not his intention for Texas Trump supporters to be harassed READ
  • Fox: Joaquin Castro facing backlash from all sides for posting Trump donor information READ
  • Politico: Joaquin Castro doubles down amid backlash over tweeting names of Trump donors READ
  • The Hill: MSNBC’s Geist presses Castro on sharing Trump donors’ names: These people ‘are already being harassed’ READ

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