Democrat politicians are going to get people killed, and they don’t seem to care.
In the aftermath of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, anyone standing between a Democrat politician and a TV camera would have been trampled to death in the stampede to publicly blame the shootings on President Trump.
One after another, they blamed the shootings on Trump’s “rhetoric” and his supposed racism, despite the fact that the Dayton shooter was a hard-core Elizabeth Warren supporter, and the El Paso shooter’s manifesto was comprised of a litany of left-wing grievances.
If Democrats are to be believed, Trump’s insisting that our borders be secured incites violence from the Right (which never seems to appear). But when will Democrats take responsibility for their coarsening of the public discourse, which has led to actual violence?
In the last few weeks, we have seen Democrat activists swarm Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s house screaming death threats, Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar celebrating a violent attack on Sen. Rand Paul, and ads for a movie in which liberal elites hunt down and kill Trump supporters for sport. We’ve also seen Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refer to ICE detention centers as “concentration camps”, shortly after which an antifa activist firebombed an ICE detention center in Tacoma, Washington.
In light of these escalating tensions, it is unconscionable that a sitting Democrat congressman would intentionally incite violence against fellow Americans over political differences. Yet that is exactly what occurred last week.
Democrat Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX), brother of Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, posted on Twitter the names and employers of 44 San Antonio residents who donated the maximum allowable amount ($5,600) to President Trump’s reelection campaign, claiming, “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’” Among these donors were not only local business owners but retirees and homemakers.
Ironically, of the 44 doxxed donors, six had donated to the political campaigns of Juan and Julio Castro. One of those donors, William Greehey, a philanthropist who spent $100 million to fund a homeless campus project that serves mainly Hispanics, was furious, saying “he’s calling me a racist because I’m supporting Trump. I mean, this is just ridiculous… There’s a lot of things you don’t like about the president and his tweeting, but here Castro is doing the same thing with his tweeting.”
San Antonio real-estate developer Donald Kuyrkendall, who also previously donated to Julian Castro’s mayoral campaign, expressed concern for the safety of his wife and children and wondered what Castro’s goal is in outing Trump donors. He asked, “Were his intentions to incite people to picket Bill Miller’s barbecue or to come to Don Kuyrkendall’s house, you know, assault my wife, make nasty comments?” He continued, “This kind of silliness is not good for anybody, especially with the climate we have right now with two mass shootings in a weekend. There’s just no reason to highlight individuals and their companies… I don’t even know what he thinks we are — bad guys, because we support Republicans?”
Following the backlash over his despicable act, Castro disingenuously claimed he wasn’t trying to stoke harassment or violence against the outed donors. What, then, was the goal of the tweet? What did he want his supporters to do with that information?
As Trump campaign director Tim Murtaugh asked “How low have Dems sunk? This is Joaquin Castro, Congressman & chair of his brother’s campaign. Naming private citizens & their employers, targeting them for political views and exercising 1st Amendment rights,” and correctly noting, “At the very least, @Castro4Congress is inviting harassment of these private citizens. At worst, he’s encouraging violence.”
USA Today editor David Mastio called this a “dangerous escalation,” and political commentator Stephen Miller asked “What the [expletive] is this? Democrat candidates are openly targeting private businesses on social media now? … Would love the logic of telling people to give up their guns squared with these same people inciting a mob to attack a private business.”
One wonders if Castro would think this type of doxxing is still benign if the NRA posted a list of Castro’s donors with the caption, “Their contributions are fueling a campaign to strip you of your 2nd Amendment rights, leaving you defenseless!” Or if the National Right to Life doxxed donors to pro-abortion Democrats with the message, “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of death, paying for the murder of a MILLION babies last year!”
The political Left uses doxxing as a tool to intimidate, threaten, and destroy their political enemies. In 1958, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the right of the NAACP to keep its membership records (i.e., its donors) private, despite a subpoena from the state of Alabama. The reason should be obvious to any intelligent person.
We must now extend those same privacy protections to political donations and strip these disgusting thugs of a tool that is used to suppress free speech, facilitate political extortion, and threaten public safety.