Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro threw ethics out the window this week and doxxed President Trump’s top donors in San Antonio, Texas. He tweeted out a list with their names, job positions, and their places of employment. It caused a massive uproar in conservative circles as this would never be tolerated if the roles were reversed and liberals were the victims here.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R) blasted the move: “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.”
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) also slammed the unethical move… he survived a June 2017 assassination attempt by a crazed Bernie Sanders supporter who specifically targeted and opened fire on a field full of Republican House and Senate members and staffers during a Congressional baseball practice: “People should not be personally targeted for their political views. Period. This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand.”
Castro supporters are calling the released info a matter of public record. I sincerely doubt they would feel that way if it was their info released. Hypocrites all.
Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’ pic.twitter.com/YT85IBF19u
— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
The Federalist‘s David Harsanyi nailed it:
“Many Democrats like Castro have adopted a political zealotry that rationalizes basically any tactic they deem is necessary to fight Trump. This, I guess, now includes intimidation. That’s because the purpose of tweeting these names wasn’t merely to bully those who have already donated to Trump, but to warn anyone in his district thinking about contributing to Trump to consider the potential retaliatory public attacks on their businesses (or worse.)
“Leftist groups have become quite adept at destroying the lives of those who back causes they dislike. Most notably, we have former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who had the audacity to dissent from prevailing opinions in California. While Eich can weather such an event, I wonder what the people on Castro’s list will do if their businesses go under? All for the sin of expressing a political opinion.”
First, the [email protected]’s graphic I shared doesn’t have private or personal info — no addresses or phone #, etc. It’s publicly reported info printed in newspapers routinely from the @nyt to the @dcexaminer. You know that. 1/ https://t.co/t6cdNckM1a
— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
Castro tweeted the names and employers of 44 San Antonio residents who donated the federal maximum to President Trump’s reelection campaign. A number of these people are retired. All of them now have a target on their backs thanks to Castro. Rashida Tlaib was quick to defend Castro’s despicable actions: “Chairman Castro, They don’t like it when you name their donors. The public needs to know who funds racism.” Commies of a feather.
From The Daily Caller:
“Castro, whose district includes much of San Antonio, claimed the donors “are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’” Castro is the twin brother of Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro and chairs his presidential campaign.
“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.”
2nd, what I said is true — your campaign has stoked fear of brown-skinned immigrants. Those contributions hv been used to pay for over 2K @Facebook ads declaring an invasion by Hispanics.
That is truly dangerous for millions.
Will you commit not to run another ad like that? 2/2
— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
“Trump campaign 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.”’
Donald Trump has put a target on the back of millions. And you’re too cowardly or agreeable to say anything about it.
How about I stop mentioning Trump’s public campaign donors and he stops using their money for ads that fuel hate?
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) August 7, 2019
To be fair, the names and employers of campaign donors are publicly available in Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, but publishing lists of opposing donors in the area and their places of employment is outside the norm for members of the House of Representatives. You just don’t do that kind of thing.
There is no shame in contributing to the candidate of your choice and it should be your business and no one else’s. That’s part of our constitutional freedoms that are inherent to Americans and the way they lead their lives. To try and shame someone for their political preferences is fascistic and moronic no matter how much you don’t like a candidate. This isn’t Cuba or Venezuela… at least not yet. We don’t intimidate or shame people for participating in a democratic election. The left is virtually guaranteeing that Trump will win a second term and they are just begging for a civil war.
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. https://t.co/rrgQbK7PLU
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 6, 2019
The NOQ Report put it best: “The Democratic playbook in a nutshell: (1) Intimidate and shame all conservatives. (2) Establish victimhood for all progressives. (3) Rinse. (4) Repeat. To call Joaquin Castro a joke would be an insult to real comedy.” Well said.
Erick Erickson tweeted: “This is why political donations should no longer be made public. The left is weaponizing transparency to ensure donors to their political opponents are harassed, boycotted, or worse.” It’s a deadly incitement to violence.
People should not be personally targeted for their political views. Period. This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand. https://t.co/PbxUMIOhae
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 6, 2019
Trump and his campaign team are demanding the tweet be deleted. But Castro is refusing and doubling down instead. Castro should be censured for this kind of behavior and booted from office.
“Trump campaign official Tim Murtaugh highlighted the post on Tuesday, calling it a “target list.”
“This is Joaquin Castro, Congressman & chair of his brother’s campaign,” Murtaugh wrote. “Naming private citizens & their employers, targeting them for political views and exercising 1st Amendment rights.”
“At the very least [Castro] is inviting harassment of these private citizens,” he said. “At worst, he’s encouraging violence.”
“Should delete & apologize,” Murtaugh added. “Castro campaign should disavow.”‘
Chairman Castro, They don't like it when you name their donors. The public needs to know who funds racism. https://t.co/7qfg1RT79y
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 7, 2019
Murtaugh also said: “Democrats want to talk about inciting violence? This naming of private citizens and their employers is reckless and irresponsible,” Murtaugh told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Hey, media, do you think this is okay?” Murtaugh asked in a tweet.
RedState makes a serious point: “At best, this is reckless and irresponsible. At worst, it’s willingly handing a lunatic an invitation to destroy someone’s life.”
How low have Dems sunk? They were already scraping the bottom, now they’ve tunneled into hell. I’ll leave you with the sentiment from Todd Starnes shared by millions of Americans: “I have a message for Congressman Castro and his twin brother – gun-toting, Bible-clinging Deplorables will not be bullied.”
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) August 6, 2019
This is only one of the reasons Americans should be able to fund political causes in the dark. Americans shouldn't have to deal with ugly public attacks on their businesses and families (or worse) because of their beliefs. https://t.co/SgRTMGN3hK
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) August 6, 2019
Conservatives label #Illegal "immigrants" as invaders because they're ignoring our sovereignty and our laws by breaching our borders instead of going through proper legal channels. Your attempt to shame Trump supporters would be laughable if it weren't so sad. https://t.co/NvFPvYwJq1
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) August 6, 2019
I see the Democrat party is doxing homemakers and retirees now https://t.co/VvFPDrI4D2
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 6, 2019
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) August 6, 2019
They don't see you as human.
They don't see you as a person.
They see you a pawn in their game.
They are sociopaths. https://t.co/ZubO1BYEl3
— Cyn Champlin (@CynChamplin) August 6, 2019
Nice business you got here, be a shame if something happened to it… https://t.co/hiaQw87FkH
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) August 6, 2019
After the Dayton Ohio shooting by ANTIFA, this can be understood as having only one intent
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 6, 2019
Democrats: "Republicans are hateful bigots whose rhetoric incites violence!"
Also Democrats: https://t.co/Mphhp6YbTw
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) August 6, 2019
This is disgusting. Inciting violence against private citizens for participating in our Democracy is beyond the pale. Your rabid hatred of @realDonaldTrump has made you deranged. https://t.co/vwj9a6EDiT
— NRCC (@NRCC) August 6, 2019
In the wake of a horrific mass shooting, a member of Congress named the retirees in San Antonio who gave maximum political contributions to Trump. This seems like a dangerous escalation to me. https://t.co/X6Hr5izeul
— David Mastio (@DavidMastio) August 6, 2019
What the fuck is this? https://t.co/QBFpKXjmrk
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 6, 2019
This is designed to scare people away from their right of speech or expression and chill private donations with by suggested threat of doxxing. It’s shameful and dangerous. https://t.co/9Fj9oEMCmx
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 6, 2019
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) August 6, 2019
Targeting and harassing Americans because of their political beliefs is shameful and dangerous. What happened to “when they go low, we go high?” Or does that no longer matter when your brother is polling at 1%? Americans deserve better. https://t.co/PiFcifpxc1
— Kevin McCarthy (@kevinomccarthy) August 6, 2019
— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) August 6, 2019
everyone knows how Castro or Tlaib would react if Trump started publicly identifying their donors. and how the media would react. everyone knows. https://t.co/c4TBsDWen6
— Just Karl (@justkarl) August 7, 2019
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