In the face of two mass shootings occurring within 24 hours of one another, resulting in 31 deaths, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, tweeted a de facto hit list of Trump donors in his hometown of San Antonio.
The anti-Trump rhetoric in the media has reached unprecedented levels following the shootings, with MSNBC anchors openly declaring this is what President Trump wants and that he’s “exterminating Hispanics,” the latter allegation so unhinged that anchor Nicolle Wallace had to retract it.
But Castro, whose brother, Julian Castro, is running for president, took his hatred to a whole other level when he set his sights on those who have made maximum donations to Trump’s campaign, tweeting out their names for “fueling a campaign of hate.”
Castro tweeted: “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. Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.'”
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 shooter in El Paso, Texas, wrote an anti-immigrant “manifesto,” although there are reports that he was also an environmental extremist who embraced Eco-Fascism.
The names of those who contribute to political campaigns are public record, but the tweet from Castro, chairman of his twin brother’s presidential campaign, serves as a target list, potentially putting these 44 individuals in serious danger, as by extension, those who work at the businesses he also listed.
Never mind that he is essentially going after the candidate his brother would face off against, should Julian Castro win the Democratic primary — he won’t.
While the media is sure to run cover for the Democrat, who could not care less what happens to these people, there was widespread outrage over his irresponsible act.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh called on Joaquin Castro to delete the tweet and apologize, and for his brother’s 2020 campaign to disavow it.
“How low have Dems sunk?” he tweeted. “This is Joaquin Castro, Congressman & chair of his brother’s campaign. Naming private citizens & their employers, targeting them for political views and exercising 1st Amendment rights. Should delete & apologize. Castro campaign should disavow.”
How low have Dems sunk?
This is Joaquin Castro, Congressman & chair of his brother’s campaign.
Naming private citizens & their employers, targeting them for political views and exercising 1st Amendment rights.
Should delete & apologize. Castro campaign should disavow. pic.twitter.com/5MSJPBBaF0
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) August 6, 2019
In another tweet, Murtaugh added, “At the very least, [Castro] is inviting harassment of these private citizens. At worst, he’s encouraging violence. Will media concerned about “rhetoric” care about this?”
The campaign told Fox News they reported the tweet to Twitter for violating the social media platform’s abusive behavior provision, which states users cannot “engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so.”
That the tweet is still up Wednesday morning says all that needs to be said about how that went over with the liberals running Twitter.
Despite all the condemnation, you can’t shame the shameless.
The hard-left progressive zealot doubled down on his despicable act in a response to the Trump campaign official, defending the tweet and pushing his politically driven allegation of racism.
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
Democrats and their media allies ignore that President Trump strongly condemned “racism, bigotry and white supremacy” in an address to the nation on Monday.
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul,” the president said. “We have asked the FBI to identify all further resources they need to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism — whatever they need.”
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a fellow Texan, also condemned Castro’s tweet.
“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,” the Republican lawmaker 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. https://t.co/rrgQbK7PLU
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 6, 2019
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also hit Castro over the target list, while taking note of his brother’s struggling campaign — Castro responded by calling the California Republican “cowardly” for not calling out Trump’s alleged racism.
“Targeting and harassing Americans because of their political beliefs is shameful and dangerous,” McCarthy tweeted. “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.”
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
Of all the reactions, the National Republican Congressional Committee may have hit the nail on the head.
“This is disgusting. Inciting violence against private citizens for participating in our Democracy is beyond the pale. Your rabid hatred of [President Trump] has made you deranged,” read a tweet from the NRCC Twitter account.
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
Here’s a sampling of some of the more high profile responses to Castro’s reckless behavior.
Democrat candidates are openly targeting private businesses on social media now? Holy shit.
— 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
Nice business you got here, be a shame if something happened to it… https://t.co/hiaQw87FkH
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) August 6, 2019
Democratic Member of Congress is targeting private citizens who made political donations to Trump. After the horrors of this weekend, we’ve all been talking about making our communities safer. Is this politician making these people safer? https://t.co/Aw9eFDg4B0
— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) August 6, 2019
This is dangerous and unethical.
A member of Congress is trying to send a mob after private individuals to punish them for their political speech. This will not end well. https://t.co/LYtZhDPqR7
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) August 6, 2019
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