Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaks during a campaign event at the Unity Freedom Presidential Forum Friday, May 31, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
All week, we’ve seen just how far the left are willing to go in their attempt to politicize the mass shootings that took place over the weekend. I won’t recap everything here, but head over to this link later for a good reminder.
One of the more dangerous examples involved Joaquin Castro, who is a Congressional member and is running the 2020 candidate of brother Julian Castro. He decided to produce and share a graphic (he claims he didn’t create it, but his Twitter post was not a retweet or copy) detailing the names and personal information of supposed Trump donors. The only logical reason to do that is to invite harassment and shaming campaigns against them and their employers.
In doing what he did though, Castro made a mistake. He outed his own donors.
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 leads the presidential campaign of his brother, a former San Antonio mayor.
Another three individuals on the list told the Washington Examiner that they supported Julián Castro’s mayoral campaigns. Julián Castro served as San Antonio mayor from 2009 to 2014, before being tapped as HUD secretary for the final two-and-a-half years of President Barack Obama’s administration.
Naturally, they aren’t happy.
“It is just amazing to me that he would do that,” said William Greehey, a philanthropist and former CEO of Valero Energy, who donated $5,000 to Joaquin Castro’s congressional campaign in 2013, covering the primary and general elections.
“Then he’s calling me a racist because I’m supporting Trump. I mean, this is just ridiculous.” said Greehey, who noted he started a $100 million homeless campus project that mostly serves Hispanic individuals. “There’s a lot of things you don’t like about the president and his tweeting, but here Castro is doing the same thing with his tweeting.”…
…“Were his intentions to incite people to picket Bill Miller’s barbecue or to come to Don Kuyrkendall’s house, you know, assault my wife, make nasty comments?” Kuyrkendall said.
Kuyrkendall said that in wake of the tweet, his lawyer reminded him that he once donated to Julián Castro’s mayoral campaign.
“Life is short and this kind of silliness is not good for anybody, especially with the climate we have right now with two mass shootings in a weekend,” Kuyrkendall said. “There’s just no reason to highlight individuals and their companies as being some kind of, I don’t even know what he thinks we are, bad guys because we support Republicans?”
Here’s Wayne Harwell, another Castro donor that was doxxed.
“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.”
This is yet another reason what Joaquin Castro did was so gross. People are not robots. Sometimes they have very nuanced political views, even to the point of supporting Donald Trump but Castro for Congress. Someone is not complicit in a mass shooting, worthy of being doxxed, just because they support a Republican for President. Trump himself is not responsible for an evil person shooting up a Wal-Mart in El Paso.
My assumption is that Castro is in a heavily blue district given the part of Texas he represents. Regardless, this may hurt him in 2020 and it’s certainly not helping his brother in the Presidential race, who currently pulls about 1% in most polls.
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