On Monday night, Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro posted the names and employers of 44 San Antonio residents who donated to President Trump’s reelection bid.
Castro, the brother of presidential candidate Julian Castro, wrote in a Twitter post that “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.'”
Castro chairs his brother’s presidential campaign, which is polling at about 1 percent in the crowded primary field and has been struggling to gain donors and remain eligible for upcoming Democratic presidential primary debates.
The Trump campaigned reacted by accusing Castro of targeting Trump donors. “At the very least, @Castro4Congress is inviting harassment of these private citizens,” tweeted Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh. “At worst, he’s encouraging violence.”
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.’ pic.twitter.com/YT85IBF19u
— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
The move to doxx Trump supporters in his native San Antonio comes on the heels of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 30 and injured dozens more. It also comes a day after protestors gathered outside the home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, shouting death threats while broadcasting on Facebook Live.
Murtaugh also called out the media’s apparent double standard on divisive rhetoric: “Will media concerned about ‘rhetoric’ care about this? He’s listing people and their employers. This is a target list.”
Hard to argue with that.