San Antonio’s Congressman Joaquin Castro is not backing off his outing of Trump donors in San Antonio, and his responses to MSNBC on Wednesday, Aug. 7th, 2020, indicate extreme immaturity and poor judgment. His comments defending his potentially dangerous behavior are ridiculous.
For example, Castro said President Trump's immigration policy has “targeted Hispanics.” Even though Joaquin and his brother Julian have Harvard law degrees, they can’t distinguish an ILLEGAL immigrant from a legal one. Because President Trump wants to stop illegal immigration, particularly crossing over the southern U.S./Mexico border, does not make him “anti-Hispanic.”
When Castro was asked if he was concerned that leftist political opponents might threaten or harass the people on his “enemies” list, he replied it was “not his intention” to hurt anyone. Has he been living in a vacuum not to be aware that innocent people have been attacked for wearing MAGA hats in public?
Trump administration officials have been harassed in restaurants and theaters, and ANTIFA thugs recently beat a conservative journalist. Castro should be held responsible for any threats, harassment, or violence that may result from him publishing the list.
Castro also showed he does not believe in citizens’ freedom to disagree or have an opposing view to his. He said he was attacking Trump’s campaign donors to stop them from using their money for “ads that fuel hate.” Castro seems to believe that anyone who differs from his views or opposes illegal immigration is hateful and must be silenced.
America is being overwhelmed (or invaded) with illegal immigration and cartel crime. It is not racist to speak out against it and to demand that our government secure the border and control all immigration.
However, it is “racist” for Castro to assume that all Hispanics support open borders and illegal aliens. Many Americans of Hispanic descent support President Trump’s efforts to secure the border and control illegal immigration.
Finally, Castor showed himself to be a coward by attempting to distance himself from the controversy by pointing out that he “didn’t create the graphic.” He should immediately condemn the people who published the information and protect the rights of donors and citizens to support and vote for whomever they wish. He should defend people’s political freedom, even if they oppose his views.
Unfortunately, Castro is reacting like an immature, insecure political coward to a problem that has his name on it. He is showing poor leadership and judgment all around.
People in his congressional district should remember on the next election.