Staff columnist Todd Dorman’s August 12 piece concerning Rep. Joaquin Castro’s (D-TX) recent action completely missed the mark. Castro, whose brother Julian is waging a tractionless campaign for president, publicized the names of Trump donors who live in his San Antonio congressional district. Dorman made the issue about a greater need for financial disclosure in politics. He ignored the real danger of Castro’s despicable action.
Rep. Castro has every right to be an earnest and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. He’s part of a pretty big crowd. But by highlighting Trump donors — even if their names are already in the public record — Castro intentionally segregated a group of Americans. And for what purpose? Praise? Admiration? Of course not.
Dorman wrote that he doesn’t “want anyone to be harassed or threatened” Yet the Castro actions are designed to invite disfavor — and perhaps worse. This kind of stuff has happened before. Should Trump donors be forced to wear MAGA hats in public? And what comes after that? “MAGA raus?”