In a tweet on Monday night, Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20) published a list of 44 private citizens in his hometown of San Antonio, all of whom are donors to President Trump, that included their names and employers.
Eleven of those on the target list are retirees. One woman is described as a ‘homemaker.’
Castro stated, “Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,” mentioning businesses owned by some on the list.
He went on to claim, “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”
Tim Murtaugh, the director of communications for President Trump’s reelection Campaign responded to Castro’s tweet, pointing out that Castro himself was inciting violence.
“At the very least @Castro4Congress is inviting harassment of these private citizens. At worst, he’s encouraging violence,” Murtaugh tweeted, adding, “Will media concerned about ‘rhetoric’ care about this?”
Doxxing, “the act of publicly sharing “information about someone especially as a form of punishment or revenge,” has been used often by far-left extremist groups like Antifa to intimidate political opponents.
In June, an anarchist group at the University of Texas at Austin threatened to dox incoming freshmen who joined conservative clubs on campus.
While conservatives at UT Austin were undaunted by the threats made by a small, mostly unheard of group, there have been other notable politically motivated doxxings in the past year.
Two former staff members for Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) doxxed several Republican senators during the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh last fall. In June, one of those staffers was sentenced to four years in prison for hacking Senate computers and releasing confidential, private information.
A scholar writing a New York Times op-ed earlier this year also called for the “exposure” of Customs and Border Protection agents’ identities to intimidate them.
Representative Chip Roy (R-TX-21), whose district covers part of San Antonio, responded to Castro’s tweet.
Roy stated, “Hey San Antonians… I got your back. I will fight for freedom for you, including making sure you are not doxxed by public officials. Let’s re-claim America from the clutches of hopelessly political leftists who prefer sanctuary & tent cities to strong communities.”
The Texan reached out to the office of Representative Castro, asking, “[I]s the Congressman encouraging people to take action against these people that he represents? If so, what kind of action would he find appropriate?”
Additionally, we also asked, “If President Trump publicized the names and employers of donors of Rep. Castro, would he find that acceptable?”
At the time of this publication, Representative Castro’s office has not responded with a comment.
Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. While recently finishing his degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University, he also interned in the U.S. Senate and co-authored a book on C. S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy. In his spare time, he might be reading up on Dostoevsky or attempting to write a novel.