Democrat Congressman Tweets Names of 44 Constituents Who Are 'Fueling a Campaign of Hate'

By Susan Jones | August 7, 2019 | 9:40am EDT
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(Update: Rep. Joaquin Castro tweeted on Tuesday morning, "My post was a lament - that so many people in my overwhelmingly Hispanic hometown would give large money to a President who is using it to target Hispanics as ‘invaders’. No one was doxxed — no private address or phone #s were shared. I’ve never engaged in that.")

( - Liberal hatred for President Trump is spilling over to his supporters, as illustrated by one congressional Democrat whose re-election campaign tweeted the names -- and the employers -- of 44 constituents who gave the maximum allowable contribution to Trump's campaign.

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) is the twin brother of Julio Castro, who is running for president.

Here is Rep. Castro's Aug. 5 tweet, minus most of the names of his fellow San Antonians that he publicized because of their legal political activity:

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.’

(The tweet then lists the 44 maximum donors -- and their employers, which we deliberately omit.)

Amid furious accusations that Joaquin Castro was publishing a target list, he defended himself, noting that he didn't give out addresses or phone numbers. He also noted that the information is publicly available -- for people who would know enough to go look for it, that is.

Rep. Castro retweeted a number of people who defended his decision to tweet the 44 names and businesses who are "fueling a campaign of hate," as Castro put it. And it appears that the congressman may have been inspired by media figures such as MSNBC's chief Trump-hater, Joe Scarborough, who tweeted on Aug. 5:

Any business that donates to Trump is complicit and endorses the white supremacy he espoused in Charlottesville, with his “send her back” chants, and by laughing at shouts that Hispanic immigrants should be shot. Donors’ names are on FEC reports. They are newsworthy.

"How would you feel tonight if you were one of those people?" Fox News's Tucker Carlson asked on Tuesday night. "Would you feel safe? No you wouldn't. That's fine with Congressman Castro, though. His point is really clear. You know exactly why he did that. If someone gets hurt, that's not his problem."

On his show, Carlson also attacked the "lie" of "white supremacy," as some Americans try to paint Trump and his supporters as racists:

White supremacy? What white supremacy, Carlson asked:

"The whole thing is a lie," he said. "It's actually not a real problem in America." He said the combined membership of every white supremacist organization in the country would probably fit inside a college football stadium.

"This is a hoax," Carlson said. "It's a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power."

On Wednesday morning, CNN's "New Day" anchor John Berman called out Tucker Carlson by name for saying that white supremacy is a hoax.

Berman was talking about protesters who plan to gather in El Paso today, to call for gun control and "to denounce white supremacy."

"And overnight -- and this is significant -- one of the people that appears to be one of the president's top advisers, Tucker Carlson, called white supremacy a hoax, saying it's not a real problem in America. How can you say that to the people of El Paso when 22 of them were killed in the Walmart behind me, Erica?" Berman asked incredulously.

"The people that I met in El Paso certainly would not agree with that, John," the reporter responded.

Berman returned to Tucker Carlson's comment a short time later, while interviewing Mary Gonzalez, a Democrat in the Texas State House:

"You know, I'm struck by the fact that we've been talking all morning to you and other members of the community, and we're right in front of the Walmart, and I know that's got to be hard and difficult just for you to be here, to be near where all this happened. And then to hear Tucker Carlson overnight say that white supremacy is a hoax. What does that say to the family members of the victims in there? What does it say to members of the Latino community who were targeted?" Berman asked Gonzalez.

"This is what we are concerned about in the president's visit," Gonzalez responded. "Rhetoric like this will continue and follow him here. It's insulting to the victims, it's insulting to my community in El Paso but also ignorant of the history of this country, and we cannot move forward and heal if this is the things going to follow in this visit."


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