Yesterday Congressman Joaquin Castro, the brother of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, tweeted out a list of Trump supporters in El Paso and falsely claimed they are funding "a campaign of hate." As Matt wrote yesterday:
Texas Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro, brother of 2020 candidate Julian Castro, has targeted Trump donors. He’s revealed their names, the ones who have given the maximum allowed in a year, which has some lobbing allegations of doxxing. If it’s not doxxing, it all but leads the left-wing crazies right to these people in order to be harassed. And yet, these people are the ones who constantly peddle more trust in government because no abuse of power will occur. No one will be harmed…unless you support Trump or have an opinion contrary to liberal orthodoxy
Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump — the owner of ?@BillMillerBarBQ?, owner of the ?@HistoricPearl, realtor Phyllis Browning, etc?.— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’ pic.twitter.com/YT85IBF19u
This morning on MSNBC, Castro doubled down and attempted to make excuses for his inexcusable targeting. At least one anchor wasn't buying it.
MSNBC calls out @JoaquinCastrotx for posting info about Trump donors in his city.— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) August 7, 2019
His defense is first that its all public information...then pivots to well “I didn’t create the graphic.”
He tweeted it! It wasn’t even a retweet! pic.twitter.com/XboCSQjAb0
The Trump campaign has repeatedly called on Castro to delete the tweet and warns he is inciting violence against private citizens.
UPDATE: @Castro4Congress defends tweet inviting harassment (or worse) aimed at private citizens. Listed names & workplaces of Trump donors - i.e., a target list.— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) August 6, 2019
Meanwhile Julian Castro's campaign is on Twitter battling reporters who called them out over it. https://t.co/dL9wcDI7bC
At the very least @Castro4Congress is inviting harassment of these private citizens. At worst, he’s encouraging violence.— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) August 6, 2019
Will media concerned about “rhetoric” care about this?
He’s listing people and their employers.
This is a target list. pic.twitter.com/5JnNe7RxYb