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People Are Wanting To #ImpeachJoaquinCastro After He Tweeted Out A List Of San Antonio’s Top Trump Donors

In case you missed it, Democratic Presidential candidate Julian Castro’s twin brother Joaquin Castro recently tweeted out an image listing San Antonio’s top Trump 2020 campaign donors and their employers. He wanted people to know who is financially contributing to “a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.'”The GOP is outraged, with Donald Trump Jr. appearing on television to compare Castro’s tweet to a “hit list.” 

Twitter almost immediately saw #ImpeachJoaquinCastro begin trending and there’s a strange reason why. Joaquin Castro is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Texas’ 20th district, San Antonio. It would take a recall election to get him out of office. This story is about as over-the-top as anything Univision could ever put out.

Two days after the El Paso shooting, Joaquin released Trump’s “max” donors from San Antonio.

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According to federal finance laws, the maximum individuals can donate to a single campaign per election is $2,800. Any donation that adds up to more than $200 must be reported to the FEC, which is then published on the FEC’s website. 

Most of the donors are retired, but many of them are business owners in the San Antonio area, and that’s important. Many folks choose to vote with their dollars and pocketbooks. It shouldn’t be anything surprising because, well, all political donations are public. It is easy to access records of who donates to what politician. As such, these claims that publishing this information is dangerous is inaccurate since it is already public record.

His tweet sparked a slew of outrage, largely from the GOP.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy 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.”

That said, Kevin McCarthy believes the problem was that the El Paso shooter just played too many video games.

Joaquin didn’t disclose any new information. He just collected the information that’s relevant to his district.

Democrats and other folks who know a thing or do about civics are pointing out that Castro literally just tweeted out public information. Anyone can find that information because it’s published in a public government database as a means to offer transparency to voters.

Castro isn’t taking the bait.

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Because that’s what it appears to be. In a tweet, Castro called McCarthy out for “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.” He also tweeted, “No one was targeted or harassed in my post. You know that. All that info is routinely published.”

Castro will stop talking about campaign donors when Trump stops using their money for “ads that fuel hate.”

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Seems reasonable. Straight up, pastors are tweeting their support for Castro’s actions. “Congressman Joaquin Castro did exactly what democracy demands in releasing public information about donors to Donald Trump: he brought light to a dark place,” tweeted Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie. “Thank you, @JoaquinCastrotx We need to stand united against hate and bigotry.”

In a now-deleted tweet, Trump incorrectly spelled Joaquin Castro’s name all while unleashing condescending attacks on the guy.

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We’re cringing. Trump republished his incorrect sentiments with his misspellings corrected. More shocking than all of this is that some of the campaign donors were max donors to Joaquin Castro as well. Castro put his own campaign on the line to shed light on Trump’s. One donor, William Greehey, donated the max amount to Castro’s congressional campaign in 2013. Greehey also funded his own $100 million into a homeless campus project that largely serves Latinos.

A bot-tracking platform has determined that the hashtag #ImpeachJoaquinCastro was amplified by troll bots.

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The hashtag was likely started by someone who doesn’t understand government and then amplified by bots who are seeking to destabilize our own government. It’s both laughable and alarming. We’re in a novela.

This Twitter user said they were getting calls from Russia and Ukraine.

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Eek. Someone with a lot of power called Russian interference a “hoax.” We have to remain vigilant of the information we’re receiving. According to Bot Sentinel, this user is not a bot. 

While there is a lot of hype around this story, the objective truth is that Joaquin Castro shared public information in an effort to protect Latinos from further hate crimes.

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Campaign donors are aware that their name and employer will be made public on a federal database. In a new political climate that offers little to no accountability for hate speech, perhaps now its time for Trump donors to be held accountable as well.

READ: We Now Have A Better Look At What Migrants Are Facing In Detention Centers Thanks To Joaquin Castro And A Secret Camera

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