The Jury Talks Back

8/7/2019

Follow-up: Joaquin Castro’s Big Mess

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 12:57 pm

[guest post by Dana]

First, Joaquin Castro tried to do some clean-up this morning while defending the release of his target list:

“My post was actually a lament. If you look at my language, I said that it’s sad that these folks, many of whom are prominent business owners in San Antonio, a city that’s about 65 percent Hispanic — their customers, the people that have made them wealthy, their employees, the people that have worked for them for years, many of those folks are Hispanic. And they’re giving their money to a guy who’s running ads talking about Hispanics invading this country.”

And then there was this admonishment:

“Unless you support the white nationalism and the racism that Donald Trump is paying for and fueling, then I hope you, as a person of good conscience, will think twice about contributing to his campaign,” said Castro.

Or else what?

Also, on MSNBC with Willie Geist, Castro said that he didn’t want anyone to be “harassed,” and that that had not been his “intention”:

MSNBC’s Willie Geist pointed out the risk during a Wednesday morning interview with Castro, who is the campaign chairman for his brother, 2020 presidential hopeful Julian Castro.

“What do you say to those people this morning who said I made a campaign donation and now I’m going to be harassed, I’m going to have people protesting outside my business or perhaps even my home … what do you want from them?” Geist asked.

Castro said his intention was not to put anyone in danger, claiming, “I don’t want anybody harassed.”

“But they will be because you put their names in public,” Geist said.

Castro again said, “That was not my intention,” and Geist again insisted, “But that’s what will happen.”

Castro’s “intentions” don’t matter a whit. They especially don’t matter to an angry nutjob who now feels free to go after someone on the list because Castro made the task that much easier. And certainly those individuals on the list don’t care about Castro’s so-called “intentions”. All they know is that they are now in a vulnerable position because of his foolishness. He should have thought of the unintended consequences *before* publishing his target list. Also, when talking about Castro’s “intentions,” consider this: If the point of Castro’s tweet was to encourage boycotts of pro-Trump businesses, not personal threats, ask yourself why retirees were on there?

Yesterday I wondered whether Castro’s target list included any of his own supporters. It was confirmed today that, yes, it did:

One of those Trump donors even revealed he’s also been a supporter of local Democratic lawmakers—including Castro himself.

Wayne Harwell, the owner of a local real estate development company whose name appeared on the list Castro shared on Monday night, told Fox News…that he donated money to Castro’s congressional campaign. But he suggested that after Castro outed him in a bid to shame Trump supporters, he won’t be supporting Castro anymore.

“I was also on a list of people that gave to Castro and if he dislikes me enough that he wants to put my name out there against Trump, I’m not going to give money to him… Obviously Castro feels pretty strongly against me.”

According to Federal Election Commission records, Harwell donated $1,000 to Castro’s campaign in September 2011.

“I’m pretty independent, but I support Trump,” Harwell explained.

So Castro took a thousand dollar contribution from a Trump supporter. Does that make Castro a supporter of white supremacy??

Anyway, Castro, who is charged with representing everyone in his district, made one of his constituents who had donated to his campaign open to harassment. Castro should immediately return Harwell’s donation if the money is so tainted. I would also say he should also apologize to Harwell, but just the thought of suggesting it made me laugh.

–Dana

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