Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, who is chairing the presidential campaign of his twin brother, Julian, was slammed on Twitter on Tuesday for outing San Antonio contributors to President Donald Trump whose names were culled from federal data.
"Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump," the tweet, posted Monday, read, which lists 44 individuals and their occupations under the headline, "Who's Funding Trump."
"Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as 'invaders,'" Castro said.
The list is based on Federal Election Commission data — and those listed contributed the most to the Trump campaign allowed by law.
Joaquin Castro, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is in his fourth term. His twin brother, Julian, was former HUD secretary under President Barack Obama.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh demanded Castro delete the post.
"Democrats want to talk about inciting violence?" he asked The Daily Caller. "This naming of private citizens and their employers is reckless and irresponsible.
"He is endangering the safety of people he is supposed to be representing," Murtaugh said.
Castro's tweet brought a range of responses, with many Twitter posts slamming him for outing the Trump contributors.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who was critically wounded in 2017 when a left-wing activist fired on congressional baseball team practice in Virginia, tweeted: "People should not be personally targeted for their political views. Period.
"This isn't a game," he said. "It's dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand."
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel tweeted: "Democrat leaders hate @realDonaldTrump's supporters so much they're now doxxing them.
"Imagine the media outrage if Republicans did this."
Even one White House reporter, Gabby Orr from Politico, questioned Castro's tactic: "Imagine if Brad Parscale publicized the names of retirees who contributed to Biden/Warren/Harris & shamed them for their contributions.
"Furthermore, imagine if a single one of those donors was then targeted by some crazy right-winger," she tweeted. "This seems ill-advised for any campaign to do."
Matt tweeted: "This is disgusting and exactly why I no longer support the left even if I largely fall in line on many issues. Thought police will ruin the country."
BrianMH tweeted: "Imagine if @realDonaldTrump put out a list of organizations and donors who gave to his political opponent. It would be reported as a 'hit list' by the media and they would go 😜 crazy 😜 in SHOCK and OUTRAGE.
"When a liberal politician does it... silence," he said.
But one poster, Nic, tweeted: This is good to know. Bill Miller [a barbeque restaurant] just lost a customer! I used to go there 3-4 times a week sometimes. I'll spread the word to my family and friends."
S. Harp retorted: "Cool! Next time I'm in town I'll spend some money in those places."
J.J. by the Bay tweeted: "I guess when you're polling 1%, it's time to let out your inner fascist. What a sleazy little skunk."
Rafa tweeted: "Thank you! Going to get a full tank at Valero and stopping by Bill Miller on way to list my house with Phyllis Browning!
"Time for latinos to vote you out of office!"
Jeff Smith tweeted: "Doxxing voters for not agreeing with you politically is a perfectly sane and reasonable thing to do...
"This same guy runs around claiming that the right are the ones putting people in danger and fueling hatred..."
Charles Bellows wrote: "This is the political campaign equivalent of New Coke. Unpopular, destined to fail, and convincing nobody to change their minds or personal tastes.
"The targets of this effort are not likely to forget what you've done."
Neither Castro's presidential campaign nor Rep. Castro's congressional office returned requests for comment, The Daily Caller reports.
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