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Seven House Republicans Call for Investigation Into Rep. Castro’s Public Shaming of Trump Donors

Seven House Republicans Call for Investigation Into Rep. Castro’s Public Shaming of Trump Donors

Rep. Joaquin Castro outed and shamed local Trump donors saying, “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”

Thanks to his tweets, several people on the list he published have been harassed, which was really the point of the activist exercise.

Now, seven members of the House Freedom Caucus are calling for an ethics investigation.

From Roll Call:

Seven Republican members of the House Freedom Caucus are calling on the House Ethics Committee to investigate Texas Democrat Joaquin Castro for publicly posting on Twitter the names and workplaces of constituents who donated to President Donald Trump.

“Posting a target list of private citizens simply for supporting his political opponent is antithetical to our principles and serves to suppress the free speech and free association rights of Americans,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter sent to the Ethics panel Friday.

The seven members of the hard-line conservative caucus who signed on to the letter include Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Ted Budd of North Carolina, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Jody B. Hice of Georgia, Debbie Lesko of Arizona and Randy Weber of Texas.

Specifically, the lawmakers said Castro violated Rule XXIII of the Code of Official Conduct, which reads, “A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”

The Ethics Committee declined to comment on the letter.

A Castro spokeswoman called the request “baseless” and said the letter was an attempt to “limit Americans’ ability to track money in politics.”

For our ongoing coverage of this story, see here.


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Close The Fed | August 9, 2019 at 9:14 pm

This is a good start. Under the Constitution, Article I,Section 5. Clause 2:

Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member.

So there’s no congressional rule against incitement to violence or intimidating private citizens?

I guess that would be too obvious.

    Close The Fed in reply to irv. | August 9, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    It’s all about how many votes they have to expel a member. Takes 2/3s. The GOP doesn’t have the votes and the dems believe in directing their partisans to violence. That’s all there is to it.

    Bring a gun to a knife fight.

JusticeDelivered | August 9, 2019 at 9:16 pm

How about suspending immigration, other than a small number of highly qualified people, based solely on our need for their skills. This should be policy until all the illegals have been expelled.

    Close The Fed in reply to JusticeDelivered. | August 9, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    You know, Justice, the problem isn’t that solutions don’t exist, the problem is that no one in power except Trump WANTS solutions.

    We poor Americans are just going to be bullied into keeping our mouths shut until Dems and the GOPe have made America into Central America.

    THEN they’ll be happy, and no one will worry about it ANY MORE, because then no more illegal aliens will come, because we’ll be JUST LIKE Central America!

Close The Fed | August 9, 2019 at 9:17 pm

And I will label illegal aliens as graft-seekers. They come here for a handout, which is taken from Americans, ultimately, at the point of a gun.

The income tax is “voluntary” is a fig leaf covering up what makes it effective. It’s as “voluntary” as taking cancer treatment.

The Friendly Grizzly | August 9, 2019 at 9:28 pm

Justice Delivered 9:16, that was about how it was til Hart-Cellar.

Close The Fed | August 9, 2019 at 10:52 pm

Well, we were given a great place, and we’ve ruined it.

“…Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”

Hispanic ILLEGAL ALIENS are invaders. FIFY

It looks like the people of San Antonio are taking care of Castro without any help from Congress: Castro’s Trump Donors List Inspires Long Lines at Texas BBQ Chain

This is why a civil rights class action lawsuit is appropriate. If malice can be proved in court (and Castro’s own words can do that. ) the settlement could be made large enough to defund his continued political career.

While it is hard to hold politicans accountable it can be done if good people stand up and fight for their rights.

Just vote the slime ball out of office the next election cycle.

Even if he is in a solid blue district surly the Democrats can see the writing on the wall.

“Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”

When the Germans invaded France in 1940, it wasn’t to make France more French. German forces totaled 3.3 million men. There are 13 million illegal aliens here, many of them intent on making this country like those that they left. And it’s not an invasion?

They are invaders.