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Congressman Publishes ‘Hit List’ of Trump Donor Home Addresses for Activists to Target

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Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, whose brother is a Democrat candidate for president, put targets on the back of donors to President Donald Trump and he thinks it is fine.

The representative decided that it would be a wise idea, as the nation is tense, to publish the names of private citizens who donated to the president.

These were not big donors or famous donors or something of public importance. The idea was to intimidate these people.

There could be no other reason than to intimidate them and others who are considering donating to the president.

“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump — the owner of @BillMillerBarBQ owner of the @HistoricPearl, realtor Phyllis Browning, etc.

“Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders,’” he said with a list.

Only one journalist, Huffington Post author Yashar Ali, had the common sense to call out Castro for his reckless act.

“The campaign of a member of congress targeting individual donors, and their businesses, to another campaign (and not famous billionaires) is a terrible and dangerous precedent to set.

“Also, this isn’t even Joaquin Castro’s opponent. Not that it would be ok if it were. Awful,” Ali said, to which Castro to responded.

“Yashar, I respect your work and writing. I’m certain that NY Magazine and Huff Post have printed similar graphics with name and employer many times before because it’s not private and it’s publicly reported. There’s no private addresses, phone numbers, etc. No ‘call to action,’” Castro said.

“Congressman, that comparison doesn’t make sense to me. When news orgs publish the names of donors they are newsworthy.

“But someone merely donating $2,700 does not make them newsworthy. Sure it’s public info but why is a member of congress doing this? It sets a bad precedent,” Ali said.

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Sarah Kez

Sarah Kez is a freelance writer and graphic designer. She is a regular contributor for the Washington Daily News.