People do some pretty crazy things when it comes to supporting their siblings. And while doing them out of love, those actions can sometimes backfire miserably, as is the case with Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro from Texas.
Joaquin is the twin brother and chairman of the presidential campaign for White House hopeful Julian Castro. As an important piece of the Castro campaign, Joaquin has likely made several good decisions on supporting his brother. However, this most recent attempt may just have cost him the race and the presidency.
On Monday, August 5, the Texas Representative made a tweet that seems it was meant to dissuade Republicans from donating to President Donald Trump’s campaign. He said, “Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump.”
By itself that may have been fine. But the Texas Congressman went on to specifically name 44 people from the surrounding San Antonio area who had donated to Trump this year, which has some grave consequences. Furthermore, he said that “their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”
First of all, when a nation suddenly has over a million people racing towards its borders at full speed, the word “invasion” is entirely appropriate.
And secondly, the “Texas 44,” as they are calling themselves, have now been put in danger, with many receiving threatening voicemails, emails, and messages from Trump-hating Democrats.
Castro just placed 44 families in very real physical danger, not to mention the emotional stress that we can only imagine that comes with receiving threats of any kind.
Thankfully, these people are a resilient bunch and not about to let themselves be bullied by the likes of some Democrat bent on playing cheap political games.
Needless to say, Castro’s response was not what he expected.
According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, thousands have commented on his tweet, sharing their dislike for his “vile” political tricks, calling it “disgusting” and “pitiful.”
Steve Scalise is one who wrote, “People should not be personally targeted for their political views. Period. This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand.”
Castro defended himself Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show saying, “what I would like for (Trump donors) to do is think twice about supporting a guy who is fueling hate in this country.”
However, it would seem, in the aftermath, that many aren’t about to think about it at all. In fact, many have only increased their efforts to support our president, donating as much as possible, and calling others to do the same.
One of the 44, attorney R.H. Bowman told the Washington Examiner, “It looks like another million dollars is now headed to support the Trump 2020 campaign from those of us who were targeted, and other Texans, including Hispanics, incidentally, whose resolve to support (the president) is only strengthened by this personal attack.”
What was meant to shred apart the faith Republicans have in their leader, has only seemed to give them more passion for supporting him. After all who would want to support the Democrats at a time when all they seem concerned about is burying Trump and all who stand with him, willing to put innocent civilian lives at risk?
Bowman said, “My phone’s been lit up for two days with calls from many of the Texas 44 and others or our friends in Texas who are outraged by Castro’s comments.”
In fact, at least six of those on the list that was so publicly displayed online have been recorded to have donated to the Castro brothers’ campaign as well. Do you think they will continue to do that anymore? It’s highly unlikely if you ask me.
Let’s just say that calling out your own donors and possible voters doesn’t bode well for anyone, except the opposing party.
And according to some, even Democrats are wavering in their support of their party at the moment, leading many to believe that this little stunt by Castro could help seal Trump’s place at the White House for another term.
One of the 44 said, “I don’t think (my Democratic friends are) going to vote. I don’t think they’ll vote for Trump, but they’re not going to vote for the Democrats.”