Dem Rep. Joaquin Castro: Here's A List Of The Names Of Max Trump Donors From My Hometown, To Do With As You Wish
Note that this is Joaquin, not Julian. The former is a congressman from San Antonio, the latter is his identical twin brother, the former mayor. Julian's the one running for president.
Now that we've gotten that straight: Is this A-hole out of his mind?
Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump ‐ the owner of @BillMillerBarBQ , owner of the
@HistoricPearl, realtor Phyllis Browning, etc.
Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ;invaders.;
"Not surprised a Castro would go after political dissidents like this," sniffed Siraj Hashmi.
I won’t reproduce the entire tweet as I don’t want to republish the identifying information. Suffice it to say that there’s a list attached with the names ‐ and employers ‐ of 44 people from San Antonio who gave the maximum allowable by law to Trump. Many are retirees. They aren’t all rich, I’d bet: The max individual donation to a campaign under federal law is just $2,700, a sizable amount but one within the means of someone who’s middle-class, has a nest egg, and is very enthusiastic about a politician. Castro’s not targeting people who can afford their own private security, in other words. He’s leading the most rabid anti-Trumpers, the sort of people who’d very much care to know who’s donating to Trump, right to the office doors of the "offenders."
"If a Republican member did this," tweeted Luke Thompson, "it would lead the nightly news." Unquestionably. We were reminded of the truth of that statement just a few hours ago, in fact. Sarah Palin’s defamation suit against the Times stems from the fact that the "crosshairs" electoral map she published before the 2010 midterms was cited ‐ baselessly ‐ by liberals afterward as possible inspiration for Giffords’s shooter. For the left, scapegoating Palin was a way of making a point about how political rhetoric can amount to incitement when it gets hot enough and when specific people are designated as targets for it. We must be careful with what we say, and of whom we say it, lest damaged minds take the wrong cue and lash out.
Now, on the day Palin’s defamation suit was cleared to proceed by a federal court, here’s a Democratic congressman publishing his own list of "targets" ‐ not of politicians before an election, but of average citizens. He has every reason to know what’s in store for them as a result, at a minimum boycotts of their businesses and almost certainly physical threats. Doubtless he’s received some threats himself over the years, and when he did Castro could call upon the Capitol Police for special protection. Whom do the Trump voters on his list turn to?
And how many of them live in Castro’s own district, I wonder? Bad enough that you’d find any congressman organizing a boycott ‐ and worse ‐ of you because of your political donations. Imagine if it turned out to be your own congressman.
Trump’s campaign spokesman is incensed, and rightly so:
Posted by: Beavis 2019-08-07