OPINION – Posted by Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign blasted Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) for posting the names, addresses, and employers of Trump donors in San Antonio, clqaiming in a Facebook post that they are “contributing to harmful rhetoric that targets the Hispanic community and so many others.”
Joaquin, whose twin brother Julian Castro (above), a former Obama administration official running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, posted late Monday night on the social media platform that he was “sad to see so many San Antonians on this list of maximum donors to Donald Trump.”
Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’ pic.twitter.com/YT85IBF19u
— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
He then specifically called out two companies, including a popular BBQ restaurant, and posted a list of 44 donors, with their full names and employers.
Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign official, blasted the post in a tweet, saying the Castro campaign should “disavow” the doxxing.
“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.”
The Washington Free Beacon said a request for comment from Julian Castro’s campaign was not returned.
The post by Joaquin Castrol came after he appeared on MSNBC to blame the president for the El Paso shooting.
“A lot of the language that the shooter used is eerily similar to language that the president has used to dehumanize and demonize Hispanic immigrants in this country,” he said during an interview with Chris Matthews.
“So the president has created this deadly climate where people are acting upon the kind of words and language that he has inspired in them.”
The alleged shooter, in a manifesto published online prior to the rampage in which 20 people were killed, said that his anti-Hispanic sentiments “predate” the Trump candidacy and presidency. The shooter also complained about corporations and environmental degradation, two issues popular with Democrats and all of the party’s 2020 presidential contenders.
Following Joaquin Castro’s post, several respondents claimed on Facebook they would no longer patronize the listed businesses.
“Time to start buying bbq and gas somewhere else!!” wrote one Facebook user. “Boycott all their businesses, hit them where it hurts, their pockets,” wrote another.
This article originally appeared at The National Sentinel and was republished with permission.
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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune