It doesn’t seem like it was a good move by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) when he tried exposing major donors who contributed to President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign as the president is gaining support over it.
Not only did Castro receive a lot of flak for his tweet where posted the names and workplaces of 44 major donors to Trump’s campaign and told Trump supporters their contributions “are fueling a campaign of hate” on Monday night, but it seems to have backfired, as the president’s campaign is raking in another $1 million.
R. H. Bowman, one of the San Antonio-based donors listed by Castro, told the Washington Examiner that he’d received a lot of calls from the “Texas 44” — what the 44 donors now call themselves — and others “who are outraged by Castro’s comments.”
“It looks like another million dollars is now headed to support the Trump 2020 campaign from those of us who were targeted, and other Texans, including Hispanics, incidentally, whose resolve to support [the president] is only strengthened by this personal attack,” Bowman added.
Additionally, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced on Friday, “Thanks to the unhinged mob on the left, [President Donald Trump] raised $12M today, $2M more than originally expected.”
In the aftermath of Castro’s tweet, Bowman isn’t the only one of the donors speaking out, as Wayne Harwell told Fox News on Wednesday that he is one of the several people who have previously donated to Castro’s congressional campaign but will no longer give money to the Democrat.
“I think some of the Democratic rhetoric is more hateful than some of Trump’s rhetoric,” Harwell said. “I think the San Antonio community needs to take a real deep look at what Castro is doing. Why is he doing this?”
Castro is the brother of 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro and his campaign chairman. However, as IJR Red previously reported, the 2020 Democratic contender downplayed the significance of his brother’s actions, noting it is all public information that is “put out all the time.”
“What he did is not doxxing,” Castro said on Friday. “Anybody who understands what doxxing is, knows that’s what — he did not do that. […] The right-wing wants to make this a story because they want to pretend like, in some way, that’s equivalent to the hate or the division that Donald Trump is fostering in this country.”