Rep. Joaquin Castro’s (D-TX) donor hit list appears to have actually backfired, with Trump advocates reportedly contributing over $1 million to the president’s re-election campaign following Castro’s choice to publicly shame the Texas donors on Twitter.
R. H. Bowman– one of the people publicly shamed by the Texas legislator for donating the optimum quantity to Trump’s re-election project– informed theWashington InspectorFriday that Castro’s efforts inspired others to contribute to Trump’s re-election project, leading to about $1 million raised for the president.
” My phone’s been lit up for two days with calls from a number of the Texas 44 and others of our friends here in Texas who are outraged by Castro’s remarks,” Bowman stated, according to theInspector
It appears like another million dollars is now headed to support the Trump 2020 campaign from those people who were targeted, and other Texans, including Hispanics, by the way, whose willpower to support [the president] is just strengthened by this individual attack.
Castro, who chairs his twin brother’s presidential campaign, spurred the debate Tuesday after posting the names and employers of 44 people in San Antonio who donated the maximum quantity to Trump’s project.
” Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,” he composed, listing off the people in an evident attempt to embarassment them.
” Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘intruders,'” he added.
The backlash was quick, with critics arguing that his tweet was, basically, a require harassment and intimidation.
” Joaquin Castro is shamelessly defending the ‘target list’ of @realDonaldTrump’s advocates that he tweeted,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel tweeted Wednesday, advising House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to condemn Castro’s actions:
Joaquin Castro is shamelessly protecting the “target list” of @realDonaldTrump’s advocates that he tweeted.
Not only is Castro a sitting Dem Congressman, he’s the chair of Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
It’s harmful, careless and Nancy Pelosi needs to condemn it. pic.twitter.com/eIlDFcqvEA
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 7, 2019
” EVERYONE requires to tone the hateful partisan rhetoric method down. This is WRONG & Castro must retract it,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) composed in part.
” In our constitutional Republic, the People appropriately hold their agents responsible; elected agents must not be damning & doxxing their own constituents,” he included:
EVERYBODY needs to tone the despiteful partisan rhetoric method down. This is WRONG & Castro need to withdraw it. In our constitutional Republic, the Individuals appropriately hold their representatives liable; chosen representatives should not be damning & doxxing their own constituents. https://t.co/rrgQbK7PLU
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 6, 2019
” People need to not be personally targeted for their political views. Duration. This isn’t a video game. It’s hazardous, and lives are at stake. I know this direct,” Rep Steve Scalise (R-LA), who was shot by a Bernie Sanders supporter during a congressional baseball practice in 2017, added:
People must not be personally targeted for their political views. Duration. This isn’t a video game. It’s harmful, and lives are at stake. I know this direct. https://t.co/PbxUMIOhae
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 6, 2019
Castro has defended his choice, arguing that he did not mean his list to be interpreted as a call for harassment. However, he honestly suggested that those adding to Trump’s re-election campaign are supporting Trump’s “white nationalism” and “bigotry.”
Castro toldMorning JoeWednesday:
I hope donors in San Antonio and donors throughout the nation, unless you support the white nationalism and the bigotry that Donald Trump is paying for and fueling, then I hope that you, as a person of excellent conscience, will believe twice about adding to his project.
There is at least one instance of a Trump donor on the list getting a threatening call due to Castro’s actions:
This threatening, hateful voicemail was left for a Trump fan in Texas after @JulianCastro’s project chairman published the advocate’s personal details online.
Intimidation and threats are precisely what Castro wanted when he posted this target list.
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— Trump War Space (@TrumpWarRoom) August 9, 2019