Just one day after unhinged MSNBC co-host Mika Brzezinski claimed President Trump “wanted” members of the Hispanic community targeted and murdered by white nationalists, Morning Joe‘s worse half (but not by much) was defending Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20) and his efforts at doxxing Trump supporters in his own Congressional district.
Here’s how Brzezinski teed up the segment (transcribed):
“I just actually am doing some math here and I’d love to hear the Congresman, um, sort of give his point of view on this. But you know, the conversation out there about, you know, where this is all coming from and who’s creating the danger seems kind of ridiculous.
You’re not releasing any new information or revealing any secrets. You’re literally framing what is already public information. And wouldn’t you want more people to know who was funding which presidential campaign?
And if you’re proud of funding President Trump, you need to understand that that will be public information. And all you’re doing is trying to explain what it is in terms of the policies or the morals that you are funding.”
She then went on to talk about how Trump “spews hate speech”, asking the question “who’s creating the danger?”, which allowed Castro to begin what he believed was a good defense of his underhanded tactics.
Watch her interview with Castro below:
I’m going to analyze her comments in just a second, but before I do that I wanted to also note that co-host Willie Geist, unlike Mika, wasn’t interested in plumping Castro’s pillow. Geist followed up by asking very important questions as to his motivations and what he thought would come of the doxxing:
“Congressman, as you look at this list — and you even put their addresses out there. It’s easy to find them,” Geist said. “These people are undoubtedly already being harassed online or perhaps face to face in some cases, they could be.”
“What do you say to those people this morning when you say, ‘I made a campaign donation and now I’m going to be harassed? I’m going to have people protesting outside my business or perhaps even my home?’ What do you say to them? Do you want them to repent for their support of President Trump or what do you want from them?”
Castro said he does not want anyone “harassed or targeted” over the donations, but Geist quickly said “they will be because you put their names in public.”
“That was not my intention,” Castro replied. “These things are public. No, what I want is for people to think twice about supporting a guy who is fueling hate in this country.”
“It’s public information,” co-host Mika Brzezisnki attempted to interject.
Geist pushed back again later, pointing to Castro’s comments that President Trump’s rhetoric has led to violence.
“If you agree rhetoric can lead to incitement, even if it triggers one person to do something terrible, does it give you any pause to put these names out in public?” Geist asked.
“Well, Willie, they’re already public, they’re already out there,” Castro responded.
“There are 11 retirees and one homemaker who are not public,” Geist noted.
“And this was already circulating. I shared it, so I didn’t create the graphic,” Castro replied.
“I didn’t create the graphic”? That is seriously lame. Wow. Seriously lame. And weak.
Watch the segment below:
Mika noting that the information is already available to the public is a talking point many on the left have used to justify Castro’s incitement. It completely misses the point. It shouldn’t be available to the public. Not only that, but just because it is available to the public doesn’t mean a politician should irresponsibly put it on blast for people with axes to grind who otherwise wouldn’t have a clue where to look to see it:
Some rando with bad intentions could go through the trouble of collecting information on donors, so that means the guy who made the rando's job easier by compiling the list for him for the very purpose of targeting those people has clean hands? Sorry. No.
— Molly Ratty (@molratty) August 7, 2019
If a stalker asked you to dig up his ex’s address in one of those people-finder databases because he wanted to threaten her, would “These records are public!” suffice as a defense to doing so?
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) August 7, 2019
Furthermore, Mika’s husband Joe (who is also on board with ‘outing’ Trump supporters and their political donations) was allegedly one of many targets – most of them Congressional Democrats and media types – of alleged domestic terrorist Christopher Hasson, who the feds describe as a white supremacist. Mika and Joe both have blamed Trump for Scarborough being targeted by Hasson, claiming Trump “fans the flames of hatred” with his words and actions.
So by their own words previously on the subject of domestic terror threats, Mika and Joe believe a politician’s words and actions can incite bad people to attempt to hurt and kill other people. Yet when a Democratic politician posts the names and personal information of people in his district who have made the maximum donation to Trump, they’re totally okay with it. Because it’s legal to do or something.
Their defenses of Castro are dishonest, despicable, and just plain wrong. But going by their rules, if something bad does happen to any of the people on Castro’s dox list, we’ll make sure to assign full blame to Mika and Joe – and also let people know that the couple “wanted” the bad things to happen.
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –