Rep. Castro faces criticism for posting names of his constituents who donated to Trump’s presidential campaign

Texas Democrat and presidential candidate, Rep. Joaquin Castro, tweeted out the names of 44 San Antonio residents who have donated to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Many elected officials, and prominent figures from news outlets like MSNBC and the New York Times have called out Castro making this post saying it can put these people at risk of danger.

For example, Maggie Haberman of the NYT tweeted, “Don’t want to RT this because I don’t want to put these people’s names in my feed but this is dangerous, by any campaign.”

Congressman Ted Cruz called on Castro to retract the tweet posting, “EVERYONE needs to tone the hateful partisan rhetoric way down. This is WRONG & Castro should retract it. In our constitutional republic, the People rightly hold their representatives accountable; elected representatives should not be vilifying & doxxing their own constituents.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, who was the victim of a politically motivated shooting in 2017, also commented on the tweet writing, “People should not be personally targeted for their political views. Period,” Scalise tweeted Tuesday. “This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand.”

On the other hand, some Democrats are defending Castro’s tweet because the information is public information, including Castro himself.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez even chimed in thanking Castro for calling out the 44 people and their employers. Gonzalez tweeted, “If a business is supporting the campaign of a xenophobic, violence-promoting, racist, I want to know. Thank you @JoaqinCastrotx.”

Officials with Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee denounced Joaquin Castro’s actions Tuesday.
“At the very least @Castro4Congress is inviting harassment of these private citizens,” Trump communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted. “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.”

But, Rep. Castro continues to defend his actions on TV appearances and his Twitter page.

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