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.
House Democrats Seeking to Restrict Attorney General Bill Barr From Any Travel Outside DC
House Democrats are seeking to ground Attorney General William Barr in Washington, D.C, by cutting off the
Democrats revealed the measure as a set of 12 goodies they intend to provide to the party’s liberal base in budget proceedings for fiscal year 2021. The DOJ budget allocation prevents the use of any federal funding “from supporting Attorney General travel outside the National Capital Region.”
Democrats are citing Barr’s investigation of federal corruption and FBI misconduct targeting the Trump campaign, fabricating claims of a wide-ranging Russian plot in order to use federal power to monitor and spy upon the candidate. Barr has made fact-finding trips to Italy in order to get to the bottom of DOJ misconduct in the matter, which apparently arouses the ire of Democrats.
House Democrats are also seeking to compel the Attorney General to testify before the Judiciary Committee.
“While these provisions are intended to force Attorney General Barr to respond to congressional oversight, it would also limit his ability to travel abroad playing detective on Trump conspiracy theories,” said Appropriations Committee spokesman Evan Hollander to the Washington Examiner.
It’s somewhat doubtful such a nakedly partisan measure will ultimately make it through the budget process, as a de facto restriction of the Attorney General to Washington D.C. would prevent oversight over the Department of Justice, one of the most important and largest departments of the federal government.
Perhaps Democrats will be inclined to up the ante when they don’t get what they want, and they’ll pass a new provision requiring Barr sit quietly in a small closet until his tenure as Attorney General is over.
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