Update: According to the Washington Examiner, the number is now up to six donors who gave to either him or his brother.
Joaquin Castro may be creating political liabilities for himself by alienating his own constituents and donor base, all in an effort to brand those very same political givers as effectively racist for backing Trump in 2020.
A Washington Examiner review of Federal Elections Committee filings found three individuals on the list who gave $5,600 to Trump — the maximum available by law for the primary and general election — and Joaquin Castro, a congressman from San Antonio who also chairs the presidential campaign of his brother, a former San Antonio mayor.
Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) took political shaming to a new level yesterday when he put out a list of maximum donors to President Trump’s reelection campaign who live in his district. The Tweet drew wide criticism from many conservatives and even a handful of progressives who thought the list was dangerous, making these 44 people targets for radical progressives.
Don't want to RT this because I don't want to put these people's names in my feed but this is dangerous, by any campaign.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 6, 2019
The campaign of a member of congress targeting individual donors, and their businesses, to another campaign (and not famous billionaires) is a terrible and dangerous precedent to set.
Also, this isn't even Joaquin Castro's opponent.
Not that it would be ok if it were.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 6, 2019
But at least one of the people on the list, local real estate developer Wayne Harwell, also happened to be a Castro donor. He doesn’t intend to support Castro in the future.
“I was also on a list of people that gave to Castro and if he dislikes me enough that he wants to put my name out there against Trump, I’m not going to give money to him,” Harwell told Fox News. “Obviously Castro feels pretty strongly against me.”
According to Federal Election Commission records, Harwell donated $1,000 to Castro’s campaign in September 2011.
In the controversial Tweet, Castro also attempted to paint the President as a racist, falsely claiming he “labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.'” The distinction, as I noted in response to him, is that President Trump and many conservatives view illegal immigrants as invaders, which by the very definition of the word, they are. As a legal immigrant, I am very cognizant of the benefits that come from going through the lawful process of becoming an American citizen. I am also acutely aware that illegal immigrants are breaching our borders and stealing our sovereignty. The mass of migrants doing this can only be rightly categorized as an invasion unless we have an open borders policy, which Castro and his presidential hopeful brother, Julian, intend to establish in America.
Conservatives label #Illegal "immigrants" as invaders because they're ignoring our sovereignty and our laws by breaching our borders instead of going through proper legal channels. Your attempt to shame Trump supporters would be laughable if it weren't so sad. https://t.co/NvFPvYwJq1
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) August 6, 2019
Idiotic moves like Castro’s, in which he employs lies and shames free speech, must be condemned. The irony of calling out his own supporters while trying to shame patriots is thick, but it’s also a sad testament to today’s Democratic Party.
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