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Joaquin Castro, brother of Democrat presidential hopeful Julian Castro, posted a list of Texas donors to the Trump 2020 campaign with their full names and workplaces on Twitter, apparently in response to the El Paso shooting, which, despite the facts, Dems are doing all they can to thrust blame of upon President Trump.
Castro’s published list revealing personal information about Trump donors sparked outrage, and justifiably so. In this day and age where men are getting punched on the streets just for wearing a MAGA hat, supporting our nation’s president can be dangerous.
The list caused so much of a stir and so much question over its legality that members of the House are calling on the Ethics Committee to investigate Joaquin over it.
Take a look at this breaking news that hit Twitter:
Joaquin's list has had serious consequences for Trump donors and has caused them to be harrassed, primarily by phone and email.
Take a look at what the supporters of Trump who were doxxed are now facing:
However, the list is also backfiring in ways by causing some Americans to want to support the donors' businesses more and raise even more money for Trump 2020!
Check out the silver linings to all this being shared here:
The Hill has more details regarding the investigation Joaquin Castro could face:
House conservatives on Friday called on the chamber's Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) for tweeting the names of Trump campaign donors.
“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 to House Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and ranking member Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas).
“These acts must immediately be investigated to determine if Rep. Castro has violated the ethical rules of this institution,” they added.
The lawmakers argued that publishing donor lists suppresses free speech and the right to freely associate.
“By publishing a list of private citizens who donated to his political opponent, Rep. Castro sought to encourage harassment against those citizens simply on the basis of their political beliefs," they wrote. "It cannot be fairly argued that Rep. Castro had any other purpose in posting that list and telling his activist followers that those individuals were inciting hate. Whether he intended to provoke physical violence or merely verbal harassment, his intent was to chill the free speech and free association rights of Americans."
A spokeswoman for Castro dismissed the Republicans' request to the Ethics panel, calling it "baseless" and suggesting that "these Members of Congress know that."
"The information shared by Representative Castro is publicly available through the Federal Election Commission and the kind that’s routinely reported in media outlets of every political persuasion," Castro spokeswoman Katherine Schneider argued.
"Their letter is a disingenuous attempt by pro-dark money, far-right legislators to limit Americans’ ability to track money in politics. They would prefer large contributions to be kept secret so that there’s no meaningful transparency in political giving. We look forward to hearing from the Committee if the request is considered.”
Castro, the brother of Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, came under fire this week from House GOP leaders and President Trump's campaign for tweeting the names and business interests of dozens of donors to Trump's reelection campaign.
USA Today also said:
Several Republican lawmakers on Friday called on the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation into Rep. Joaquin Castro after he tweeted the names and businesses of 44 Texans that donated to President Donald Trump's campaign.
In a letter to House Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and ranking member Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, the lawmakers accused Castro of "violating Rule XXIII of the Code of Official Conduct for publicly posting the names and workplaces of individual donors to" Trump.
"Posting a target list of private citizens simply for supporting his political opponent is anithetical to our principles and serves to suppress the free speech and free association rights of Americans," the letter says.
Republicans Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Jody Hice of Georgia, Debbie Lesko of Arizona, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Randy Weber of Texas and Ted Budd of North Carolina all signed the letter.
Castro on Monday criticized 44 donors that donated the maximum amount of $2,000 to Trump, all of which were from San Antonio, his hometown and the district he represents.
He included a screenshot of the names of and their businesses in the tweet. The list is public record and can be found online at the Federal Elections Commission website. He is the twin brother of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro.
"Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders,'" Joaquin Castro wrote in the tweet.