Yesterday, Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro posted the names and occupations of some of the biggest donors to the Donald Trump campaign, thus calling them out for funding Trump’s deadly white supremacist rhetoric. Castro was merely reposting publicly available information that anyone can find in FEC filings, but the Republicans nonetheless tried to turn it into a scandal for him.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz falsely accused Joaquin Castro of “doxxing” the Trump donors. In response, Twitter commenters promptly taught Cruz that “doxxing” doesn’t mean what he thinks it means. But it was House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy who went after Castro the most viciously and dishonestly, claiming that Castro was “targeting and harassing Americans because of their political beliefs.” Joaquin Castro fired back at McCarthy:
No one was targeted or harassed in my post. You know that. All that info is routinely published. You’re 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.” Donald Trump has put a target on the back of millions. And you’re too cowardly or agreeable to say anything about it. How about I stop mentioning Trump’s public campaign donors and he stops using their money for ads that fuel hate?
That seemed to silence Kevin McCarthy, who is best known for having landed his current gig as House Minority Leader by bribing Donald Trump with red and pink Starbursts. No really, this happened.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report