“I was also on a list of people that gave to Castro and if he dislikes me enough that he wants to put my name out there against Trump, I’m not going to give money to him. Obviously Castro feels pretty strongly against me.”
I mean, really…
Tuesday, Rep. Joaquin Castro’s campaign account outed the names of individual Trump owners. Castro outed them in connection with the businesses they own, run, or are affiliated with. The tweets appeared to be from Castro himself. Despite blowback, Castro doubled down.
Turns out, one of the donors Castro outed and accused of “fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders’” was also a donor to Castro’s own campaign.
Fox News has more:
Trump donors whose names and employers were posted in a highly controversial tweet by Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro blasted the Texas congressman on Wednesday for what they described as a “ridiculous” stunt and, in interviews with Fox News, rejected his claim that they are “fueling a campaign of hate” against Hispanics.
One of those Trump donors even revealed he’s also been a supporter of local Democratic lawmakers—including Castro himself.
Wayne Harwell, the owner of a local real estate development company whose name appeared on the list Castro shared on Monday night, told Fox News in a phone interview that he donated money to Castro’s congressional campaign. But he suggested that after Castro outed him in a bid to shame Trump supporters, he won’t be supporting Castro anymore.
“I was also on a list of people that gave to Castro and if he dislikes me enough that he wants to put my name out there against Trump, I’m not going to give money to him,” Harwell told Fox News. “Obviously Castro feels pretty strongly against me.”
According to Federal Election Commission records, Harwell donated $1,000 to Castro’s campaign in September 2011.
“I’m pretty independent, but I support Trump,” Harwell explained.
“I think some of the Democratic rhetoric is more hateful than some of Trump’s rhetoric,” he said. “I think the San Antonio community needs to take a real deep look at what Castro is doing. Why is he doing this?”
He added: “If he wants to play in Washington, he needs to move to Washington. If he wants to play in San Antonio, he needs to at least be sensitive. The rest of the community is sensitive. We’re sensitive to both Republican and Democrat views. A lot of us here in San Antonio are independents.”
Harwell said Castro was drawing “hard lines,” and said that was “not helpful.”
“I hope his constituents remember this,” Harwell said.
Political donations are public information that anyone can access, but that’s not really the point here. Attacking private citizens for their political affiliations is completely wrong. Without even considering the fact that this kind of threatening action tends to prompt a response from the offended and those who think this is just the best thing ever. And that is the point — it’s intentional incitement.
As I blogged yesterday, “It’s a clear attempt to attack local businesses and prompt calls for boycott because of political affiliation alone. A completely anti-American tactic through and through.”DONATE
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