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He Tweeted Names of Trump Donors, to Outrage

Republicans admonish Joaquin Castro
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2019 10:45 AM CDT
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Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, left, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., right, arrive before former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies in front of a House Intelligence Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 24, 2019.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – It's only Wednesday, and it's already been quite the week for political Twitter brouhahas. On Monday evening Joaquin Castro—brother of presidential hopeful Julian Castro and a Texas representative himself—tweeted a list of 44 San Antonians who, per publicly available records, have given the maximum donation to the Trump campaign in 2019. "Sad to see," the Democrat wrote, tweeting a graphic that lists the 44 names alongside their employers. "Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as 'invaders,'" he wrote. For context, the Washington Post reports Castro's district covers those on the list. The latest on the backlash and his response:

  • Politico reports the graphic was sourced from a Democratic activist group. Castro tweeted it from his @Castro4Congress campaign account, which currently has 32,000 followers.
  • Some big Republican names in the House fired back. Among them, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who tweeted: "Targeting and harassing Americans because of their political beliefs is shameful and dangerous. What happened to 'when they go low, we go high?' Or does that no longer matter when your brother is polling at 1%? Americans deserve better."

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