When Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) published a list of San Antonio residents who maxed out contributions to President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, he also included some of his own donors, according to the Washington Examiner.
Castro posted the list Monday on his reelection campaign's Twitter account. In the tweet, he accused the people on the list of "fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as 'invaders.'"
However, six of the people Castro listed also donated to Castro or his brother, Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro. They were not pleased to be characterized as "fueling hate" against Hispanics.
"It is just amazing to me that he would do that," said William Greeley, the CEO of Valero Energy who has donated to both President Trump and Rep. Castro in the past. "Then he's calling me a racist because I'm supporting Trump. I mean, this is just ridiculous. There's a lot of things you don't like about the president and his tweeting, but here Castro is doing the same thing with his tweeting."
Although the obvious intention behind Castro's tweet was to create some kind of negative consequences for people who financially support President Trump, Castro claims the post "wasn't meant to target these people." He contradicted that statement in the same interview by saying he wanted them to "think twice about supporting a guy who is fueling hate in this country."
"Were his intentions to incite people to picket Bill Miller's barbecue or to come to Don Kuyrkendall's house, you know, assault my wife, make nasty comments? ... I'm just hopeful none of this gets serious and that my grandchildren and children will not be intimidated by this stuff," said Kuyrkendall, a real estate company president in San Antonio who was on the list.
At the very least, Castro has likely cost himself some money and driven funding to whoever opposes him in his next election.
"I sure will not give to Castro anymore," said real estate developer Wayne Harwell.