Rep. Joaquin Castro’s highly controversial tweet with the names of 44 San Antonio residents, who had made the maximum possible contribution to President Trump’s re-election campaign this year, infuriated these donors, some of them have also been supporters of Texas congressman.
“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,” Wayne Harwell told Fox News. “Obviously Castro feels pretty strongly against me.”
Wayne Harwell, the owner of a real estate development company in Texas who was on the list, had previously donated to Castro and other Democrats. This year, Harwell contributed a total of $5,600 to the Trump Victory committee and $2,800 to the Trump campaign, saying he is “pretty independent but I support Trump” and many others in the San Antonio area do so as well, according to the Fox News.
Both Joaquin Castro and his brother Julian Castro are outspoken President Trump’s critics. The brothers regularly denounce the president for his immigration policies and have laid blame on the president for the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Joaquin Castro then published a donor list in an effort to shame President Trump and his supporters, linking them to a “campaign of hate.”
“It is just amazing to me that he would do that. Then he’s calling me a racist because I’m supporting Trump. I mean, this is just ridiculous.” William Greehey, who also supported Castro in the past, told the Washington Examiner.
The controversial tweet drew a swift backlash from pundits and politicians who argued that the Texas congressman was targeting private citizens for political purposes that would lead to violence.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas tweeted that Castro’s move was “grossly inappropriate.” He argued, “This win-at-all-costs mentality, publicly targeting an opponent’s supporters, and encouraging retaliation is dangerous and not what Texans have a right to expect from their members of Congress.”
This is grossly inappropriate, especially in the wake of recent tragic shootings. This win-at-all-costs mentality, publicly targeting an opponent’s supporters, and encouraging retaliation is dangerous and not what Texans have a right to expect from their members of Congress. https://t.co/Ecw4mszp4Y
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) August 6, 2019
Castro, for his part, has doubled down his argument, saying that critics were “trying to distract from the racism that has overtaken the GOP and the fact that President Trump spends donor money on thousands of ads about Hispanics ‘invading’ America.”
Harwell, Castro’s past donor said, “I sure will not give to Castro any more. 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.”