Joaquin Castro’s name-and-shame effort is still backfiring

· August 13, 2019  
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The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s daily Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:

Last week, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, tweeted out the names and employers of a group of private citizen Trump donors in an effort to make people “think twice” about supporting the president. It’s still backfiring on him.

Now, the Trump donors outed by Castro have banded together as the “Texas 44” to raise money for the Trump 2020 campaign. “It looks like another million dollars is now headed to support the Trump 2020 campaign from those of us who were targeted,” one said, “and other Texans, including Hispanics, incidentally, whose resolve to support [the president] is only strengthened by this personal attack.”

In fact, one person named by Castro has even seen a massive apparent boost in business at his barbecue joint, where lines have reportedly been “out the door” and “around the block” since the tweet.

Back in Washington, multiple House Republicans are now calling for an ethics investigation into Castro’s actions, saying what he did “is antithetical to our principles and serves to suppress the free speech and free association rights of Americans.”

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Author: Nate Madden

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