Donors have received threatening phone calls and have been forced to discuss situation awareness with their families.
Earlier this week, Rep. Joaquin Castro tweeted the names of Trump-donor constituents, connecting them to the businesses with which they’re affiliated, own, or otherwise invested. He shamed the donors, saying, “their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”
The entire ordeal backfired. As it should have.
Castro unintentionally included several individuals who also donated to his campaign, including Wayne Harwell who told Fox News, “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.”
The Michael Berry Show published a voicemail received by one of the Trump donors on Castro’s list. WARNING: nasty language.
Yet another man, Harper Huddleston, has been forced to discuss situational awareness with his wife and kids after his father’s name was published on the list. According to Fox News, “his name appeared on Castro’s list instead of the name of his retired father, who contributed to the Trump campaign. He said the mix-up was because they share the same first name, but have different middle names, though his father does not go by the name Harper.”
The New York Times reported people have harassed another person named on Castro’s list:
For many businesses, a sudden deluge of phone calls might signal an influx of new customers. But most of the 25 calls Justin Herricks received before noon on Thursday were from people who wanted to tell him he was a white supremacist for donating money to President Trump.
“I’ve had people say, ‘Hey, we were going to use you for business, but we found out you’re a racist,’” Mr. Herricks, the owner of Precision Pipe Rentals, an oil and gas services company in San Antonio, said in an interview. “‘We hope that you burn in hell and your business will go with you.’”
One Trump donor Joaquin Castro targeted on Twitter received 25 phone calls before noon.
“We were gonna use you for business, but we found out you’re a racist. We hope that you burn in hell and your business will go with you.”
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) August 9, 2019
Rep. Castro has repeatedly doubled down, defending his actions because political donations are public information.
As we’ve discussed at length here, Castro took it a step further by connecting donors with their businesses. The object was clear — to instigate backlash based solely on political affiliation.DONATE
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