In the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 dead and injured dozens others, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) — who is the brother of former HUD secretary Julián Castro and the campaign chairman of his 2020 presidential campaign — doxed 44 individual San Antonio Trump supporters via Twitter. The Democrat posted their names, contributions to Trump, and their employers, and smeared them as peddlers of racism that fueled a mass murder.
“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump — the owner of [redacted], owner of the [redacted], realtor [redacted], etc.,” wrote Castro. “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.'” He included a link to a total of 44 individual donors.
Tim Murtaugh, the director of communications for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, slammed Castro, demanding an apology and deletion of the tweet.
“How low have Dems sunk?” posted Murtaugh. “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.”
Castor, however, has doubled down on the tweet, and received support from other Trump opponents, like freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
“No one was targeted or harassed in my post. You know that. All that info is routinely published,” Castro defended his post in response to Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “You’re trying to distract from the racism that has overtaken the GOP and the fact that President Trump spends donor money on thousands of ads about Hispanics ‘invading’ America.”
“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?” he added.
“Chairman Castro, They don’t like it when you name their donors,” Tlaib responded to the doxxing. “The public needs to know who funds racism,” she added, confirming her support for the tweet.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough also supported Castro. “Any business that donates to Trump is complicit and endorses the white supremacy he espoused in Charlottesville, with his ‘send her back’ chants, and by laughing at shouts that Hispanic immigrants should be shot. Donors’ names are on FEC reports. They are newsworthy,” he argued.
Before his apparent hatred of Mr. Trump, Scarborough routinely had candidate Trump on his morning show. Many have credited him with helping the president take office.
Castro’s tweet doxing citizens remains up on Twitter.