The Democrats have been slammed for posting a list of Trump donors in San Antonio on Twitter, to shame them. The offending tweet from Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), the identical twin brother of Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, has instead had a positive effect on the Trump campaign. Donors have been inspired to contribute to the president’s re-election campaign, with more than $1 million donated over the past few days as a result of the tweet.
The criticism came thick and fast after Joaquin Castro published a list of donors to President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. The Twitter account run by his re-election campaign listed 44 San Antonians’ who donated the maximum amount to president Trump’s campaign. “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Latino immigrants as ‘invaders.'” was the tweet Castro sent out on Monday, Aug. 5.
Since that tweet hit the internet however, the 44 donors, who call themselves the “Texas 44,” have been spurred into action. One such donor, R. H. Bowman told the Washington Examiner he has been receiving calls from many of the ‘outed’ donors, who, to put it mildly, are unhappy with the tweet.
“My phone’s been lit up for two days with calls from many of the Texas 44 and others of our friends here in Texas who are outraged by Castro’s comments,” Bowman, an attorney said. “It looks like another million dollars is now headed to support the Trump 2020 campaign from those of us who were targeted, and other Texans, including Hispanics, incidentally, whose resolve to support [the president] is only strengthened by this personal attack.”
Many of the contributors were offended by Castro’s actions, and there were six on the list who had also donated money to Castro’s campaign at some time. Philanthropist and former CEO of Valero Energy William Greehey was one of them. “It is just amazing to me that he would do that,” he told the Washington Examiner, as he had donated $5,000 to Joaquin Castro’s campaign for Congress in 2013, covering the primary and general elections.
“Then he’s calling me a racist because I’m supporting Trump. I mean, this is just ridiculous,” said Greehey, who also had instigated a $100 million homeless campus project, where the majority of those benefiting are Hispanic. “There’s a lot of things you don’t like about the president and his tweeting, but here Castro is doing the same thing with his tweeting.”
Another named donor Edward Steves, who owns the oldest manufacturing firm in San Antonio, told the Washington Examiner that he once hosted a fundraiser at his house that raised over $300,000 for Julián Castro’s mayoral campaign.
Steves says trying to shame donors may backfire on Castro, “He’s probably got 44 people that are going to contribute heavily to whoever might run against him in the primaries.” Steves may have been on the money as it turned out.
Wayne Harwell, who gave $1,000 Joaquin Castro in 2011, then a state representative who would win his House seat the next year, emphasized his enduring financial support for Trump. “I sure will not give to Castro any more,” he said. “Trump has helped our country have economic prosperity. I support his efforts although I may not support each word, I like the results of his efforts for America.”
Donald Kuyrkendall, president of a San Antonio commercial real estate company, was concerned for the safety of his family after the tweet outed donors. “I’m just hopeful that none of this gets serious and that my grandchildren and children will not be intimidated by this stuff,” Kuyrkendall said.
“Life is short and this kind of silliness is not good for anybody, especially with the climate we have right now with two mass shootings in a weekend,” Kuyrkendall said. “There’s just no reason to highlight individuals and their companies as being some kind of, I don’t even know what he thinks we are, bad guys because we support Republicans?”
“I don’t know who Joaquin Castro is other than the lesser brother of a failed presidential candidate (1%) who makes a fool of himself every time he opens his mouth. Joaquin is not the man that his brother is, but his brother, according to most, is not much. Keep fighting Joaquin,” the President tweeted.
I don’t know who Joaquin Castro is other than the lesser brother of a failed presidential candidate (1%) who makes a fool of himself every time he opens his mouth. Joaquin is not the man that his brother is, but his brother, according to most, is not much. Keep fighting Joaquin!