As IJR previously reported, Congressman Castro recently posted the names and workplaces of his constituents who donated to President Trump’s campaign. The congressman tweeted: “Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump […] Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”
Shortly after the tweet posted, many accused the congressman of doxxing his constituents because he disagrees with them politically — even though, as the Washington Examiner uncovered, several of the constituents had also donated to him.
Many were outraged by the situation, but his brother — the former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary — doesn’t think the congressman did anything wrong. When asked about the situation during a campaign stop press gaggle, he stood by his brother.
Watch Castro defend his brother:
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“My brother put out a list of names of people who had maxxed out to the Trump campaign. That is public information. That kind of information is put out all the time and for anybody to pretend or suggest that it’s not, that’s just untrue. […] He did not put out anybody’s private information. He did not put down their addresses. He did not put down their phone numbers. What he did is not doxxing. Anybody who understands what doxxing is, knows that’s what — he did not do that.”
Doxxing is defined as “search[ing] for and publish[ing] private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.”
The congressman did search FEC records to publish identifying information about Trump donors so that they would “think twice” about supporting the president — which seems to fit the definition, despite the secretary’s claim.
The former HUD secretary noted that he believes the controversy around his brother’s tweet is just a “right-wing” story because Republicans “want to pretend like, in some way, that’s equivalent to the hate or the division that Donald Trump is fostering in this country.”
He also tried to claim that people are only upset because they “are embarrassed” that they donated to Trump.
While the 2020 candidate stands by his brother’s tweet, he did add, “It is not okay for anybody to harass anybody else. It doesn’t matter where somebody’s coming from, the right or the left.”