‘This is a target list’: Joaquin Castro facing backlash for tweeting the names of Texas Trump donors

As reported by USAToday

President Donald Trump’s campaign and several top Republicans on Tuesday slammed Rep. Joaquin Castro, the twin brother and campaign chairman of 2020 presidential hopeful Julián Castro, after he posted a list of Texas Trump donors and their place of business.

Joaquin Castro on Monday evening criticized Trump donors from San Antonio, his hometown and the district he represents, who donated the maximum amount of $2,000 to Trump.

In his tweet, he included a screenshot of the names of 44 donors and their businesses. The list is public record and can be found online at the Federal Elections Commission website.

“Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders,'” he wrote in the tweet.

The tweet came two days after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Authorities have linked the alleged shooter to a “manifesto” that had anti-immigrant and anti-Latino sentiments. The suspect drove from Allen, Texas — more than 900 miles from El Paso, which is on the U.S.-Mexico border where nearly 80% of the population is Hispanic.

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Many Democrats, including the presidential candidates like Julián Castro, have pointed to Trump’s own rhetoric against Latino communities and immigrants as an influence into the deadly attack. As of Monday, 22 people had died as a result of the shooting.

San Antonio is near the border and as of 2017, about 64% of the city’s population is Latino.

Less than 24 hours after the shooting in El Paso, another mass shooting happened in Dayton, Ohio, that left nine dead. Authorities have yet to identify a motive.

President Donald Trump said our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy following two mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. USA TODAY

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh called on Joaquin Castro to delete the tweet and apologize, and for his brother’s 2020 campaign to disavow the list.

“How low have Dems sunk?” he wrote in a tweet. “This is Joaquin Castro, Congressman & chair of his brother’s campaign. Naming private citizens & their employers, targeting them for their political views and exercising 1st Amendment rights.”

In a separate tweet, Murtaugh also claimed Castro’s tweet is a “target list.” Castro did not call on violence to the donors.

“At the very least @Castro4Congress is inviting harassment of these private citizens,” Murtaugh said in another tweet. “At worst, he’s encouraging violence. Will media concerned about “rhetoric” care about this? He’s listing people and their employers. This is a target list.”

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