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.’”
Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’ pic.twitter.com/YT85IBF19u
— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
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.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 7, 2019
“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.”