Texas Gov Throws Shade at Joaquin Castro by Eating at Restaurant He Targeted for Supporting Trump

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) took a swipe at Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) by eating at a restaurant that was named in the Texas congressman’s recent controversial tweet.

On Monday, Castro — who chairs his brother’s presidential campaign, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro (D) — published a tweet targeting people in San Antonio, Texas that donated the maximum amount allowed under federal election laws to President Donald Trump‘s 2020 re-election campaign.

“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump — the owner of [Bill Miller BarBQ]⁩, owner of the [Historic Pearl], realtor Phyllis Browning, etc⁩.,” tweeted the Texas congressman. “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”

The Texas Democrat even listed the name of a man who had donated to his own congressional campaign, Wayne Harwell, that happened to give money to the president’s campaign.

Harwell said that he was no longer “going to give money” to Castro after the tweet was published.

In response to the tweet, Abbott threw some shade at the Texas Democrat, posting his own tweet of his recent dining experience at Bill Miller BarBQ — one of the businesses targeted in Castro’s tweet — on Tuesday.

“Perfect night for [Bill Miller BarBQ],” wrote the Texas governor, who posted a picture of a heaping plate of barbecue from the restaurant.

Castro’s tweet targeting Trump supporters in San Antonio came after a gunman rampaged in an El Paso, Texas Wal-Mart where the lives of 22 people were taken.

As IJR Red previously reported, the tweet did not sit well with many. Castro faced massive backlash online for the tweet.

National Press Secretary for Trump’s re-election campaign Kayleigh McEnany blasted the tweet as “completely unacceptable” and called for Castro’s brother’s campaign to “answer for this unacceptable behavior.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) also weighed in, saying that “this isn’t a game.”

“People should not be personally targeted for their political views. Period,” wrote Scalise. “This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand.”

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Last I heard, Castro’s ranting and raving about Bill Miller’s BarBQ turned the place into America’s new hotspot to eat. People lined up for blocks waited to get in to eat. Motorcycle groups and others making it their new travel destination. Castro’s boycott on this place completely backfired on him.

Erica Fry

I love Greg Abbott. I really do.

Qaz Wiz

I notice that “Generally Confused” has advocated that no one be reelected, (or possibly elected in the first place)
hurry and check his message saying
If a politician takes donor money intended to influence their policies, then they should be sent packing as soon as possible.
since EVERY candidate takes PAC money, then by definition (Political Action Committee) he’s claiming they are not to be reelected

(easy example why trolls need to be dealt with by the old hickory stick)

Qaz Wiz

the article failed to mention WHY House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said “…..I know this firsthand.”
he was one of the casualties at the republican baseball game attack a few years back…. and after it i continue to hear more and more Democratic requests for more violence against Republicans and even moderate Democrats being doxed in hopes another attack will happen


Generally Confused appears to be Generally Confused (as usual) regarding his assertion that “Republicans must gerrymander, distort, and unbalance elections”. While you intentionally ignore the BS that went on at the highest levels of our government 3 years ago regarding the false claims of Russian Collusion, blah, blah, blah, etc. Heads of Google and Twitter were astonished that their efforts to tip the election to Hillary were unsuccessful. You are definitely confused if you believe the US voters have embraced the absurdity that is the Democrat party of today. You are definitely confused if you believe ANY of us believe… Read more »


Whenever I’m in San Antonio I will stop at Bill Miller’s. Mmm Mmm!!

General Confusion

“Your argument can also be used to describe Democrats getting election funding. Or are you just throwing stones from your glass castle and the rules don’t apply?” Confused MariaRose

Do I need to leave a trail of crumbs for you to follow?

YES, I include ALL politicians, no matter which flavor or color, INCLUDING Democrats. If a politician takes donor money intended to influence their policies, then they should be sent packing as soon as possible. Is that clear enough for you? People like you are so tiring.


Generally Confused, Sure. Let’s get ALL money out of politics. That includes the civil service unions, teachers unions, trades unions, etc. which regularly occupy the top-10 as far as $ given. How do you propose candidates get funding? Citizen contributions? Isn’t that exactly what the monies donated by CU and other “corporate citizens” constitute? I know you’ll say something about government funding. BUT that’s still citizen money, only once-removed and involuntary. Think how your tax dollars might fund Trump’s re-election in that case. ….and government funding doesn’t get money out of politics. It just changes the source.

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