San Antonio House Democrat Joaquin Castro, and brother of presidential candidate Julian Castro, published personal information on Twitter about some of his city’s most prominent Trump 2020 campaign donors on Tuesday, in a manner that many critics of the Texas Democrat are comparing to doxxing.
Castro published the names and places of employment for 44 individuals who donated the maximum amount permissible under federal law to the Trump campaign.
We’ve censored the identifying information in the screenshot below.
Joaquin Castro is the brother of Democratic Presidential candidate Julian Castro. It seemed to escape the former Castro that the individuals he was calling for a boycott of are in all likelihood his own constituents.
After Castro became a target of criticism by many in his district for his direct targeting of San Antonians, he tried to rationalize his actions by mentioning campaign finance data is publicly available.
First, the [email protected]’s graphic I shared doesn’t have private or personal info — no addresses or phone #, etc. It’s publicly reported info printed in newspapers routinely from the @nyt to the @dcexaminer. You know that. 1/ https://t.co/t6cdNckM1a
— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
Obviously campaign donation data is publicly accessible through the FEC’s website. That doesn’t mean it’s acceptable or appropriate for a member of congress to incite boycotts against private businesses owned by individuals who donate to his or her political opponents.
The Trump campaign has fired back against the Castro brother’s underhanded tactics to intimidate Texas Trump supporters into silence. Castro’s methods to shut down Trump supporters aren’t entirely unlike methods of political intimidation practiced in dysfunctional banana republics across the world, in which supporters of political movements are defunded by authoritarian regimes.
Joaquin’s brother Julian has staked his Presidential candidacy on support for some of the most aggressively pro-open borders policies espoused in the Democratic Party. Castro’s one of the Democrats to call for the “decriminalization” of illegal immigration, essentially permitting millions of illegal immigrants to flow across the nation’s borders without facing any prospect of legal consequences.
Democrat Congressmen Introduce Term Limits Legislation for SCOTUS Justices As Trump Prepares Nominee
Three Democrat members of Congress are introducing legislation to institute term limits for Supreme Court justices, as President Trump prepares to nominate his third candidate for the court following the death of progressive liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Democrats Joe Kennedy, Ro Khanna, and Don Beyer are proposing legislation that would limit SCOTUS justice to a maximum term of eighteen years on the court.
Lifetime appointments to the highest court in our land undermine our democratic process and erode progress in our nation.
We must enact 18 year term limits on our Supreme Court justices to continue our march towards a more perfect union. https://t.co/9fCyggP686
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 25, 2020
Khanna has proposed an idea that would allow Presidents to appoint two judges in each term. “Senior” members of the court would be required to basically retired for every new member of the court.
When I first ran for Congress in 2014, I proposed limiting terms of Supreme Court Justice to 18-appointments.
Given the recent, dramatic politicization of the Court, it's time for real reform.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 25, 2020
It’s pretty funny the Democrats are uniting behind these proposals the moment they appear primed to lose control of the Supreme Court for a generation. They weren’t complaining when Obama was trying to replace Antonin Scalia with progressive Merrick Garland, even going so far as claiming that the stealth liberal was entitled to the seat. Reports emerging Friday suggest that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a mostly conservative judge with a pro-life and immigration hawk judicial record.
The judicial branch of government is arguably the most flawed element of American governance, and it’s highly questionable how institutions such as the Supreme Court are able to appoint themselves a nearly unlimited amount of political power.
A better reform proposals would be to institute term limits for justices that only go into effect after the current members of the court vacate their seats. Anything else is simply a political power grab.
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