by CHQ Staff
“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,” Castro, whose twin brother Julián Castro is running for president, wrote. “These contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.'”
Rep. Castro is, of course, still a welcome user of Twitter, even though as Donald Trump Jr. said, “That list screams like the Dayton, Ohio, shooter’s list. When a radical left-wing politician polling at about 0% does this either for attention or a call to action, it is pretty scary. That was the same thing that the Dayton, Ohio shooter did.”
In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Castro disingenuously defended his decision to tweet out the names, saying, “my post was a lament. I was saying it’s sad that many of these folks, who are prominent business owners in San Antonio, a city that is 65% Hispanic…are giving their money to a guy whose running ads talking about Hispanics invading this country.”
This isn’t the first time Democrats and their Leftwing allies have used election records to harass and intimidate people with whom they disagree. So, Rep. Castro’s smirking denials on Morning Joe didn’t really hide anything, because Democrats and their Far-Left allies did the same thing to supporters of California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to limit marriage to one man and one woman.
Supporters of California’s Proposition 8 reported harassment and even violent assaults from opponents protesting the passage of the ballot proposal which rescinded a California Supreme Court decision that imposed same-sex marriage on the state. Homosexual activists held large protests at Mormon temples and Catholic churches, deriding their opponents as hateful.
Petition signers and donors received hate mail after their names, religious affiliation, contribution amounts, and addresses were published on a web site inciting Proposition 8 opponents to target the individuals listed.
“Their houses and cars had been vandalized, their campaign support signs stolen, and opposition signs planted in their place,” one of the victims wrote.
And that was just the tip of the iceberg, as the Heritage Foundation documented in its report, The Price of Prop 8, by Thomas Messner, posted on October 22, 2009. Here are just a few excerpts from that report on what Democrats and their Far-Left allies are capable of, once they have your personal information:
In Fresno, the town mayor received a death threat for supporting Prop 8. The threat stated, “Hey Bubba, you really acted like a real idiot at the Yes of [sic] Prop 8 Rally this past weekend. Consider yourself lucky. If I had a gun I would have gunned you down along with each and every other supporter.” The threat also mentioned a “little surprise” for a local pastor who supported Prop 8 and “his congregation of lowlife’s” [sic]. “Keep letting him preach hate and he’ll be sorry,” the perpetrator threatened. “He will be meeting his maker sooner than expected.” The threat also stated that anyone in Fresno displaying a Yes on Prop 8 yard sign or bumper sticker was “in danger of being shot or firebombed.” Police took the threat seriously, launching a criminal investigation and taking extra steps to protect the mayor and pastor.
Scott Eckern was employed as the director of the nonprofit California Musical Theater in Sacramento before being targeted for personally donating $1,000 to Prop 8. Once Mr. Eckern’s support for Prop 8 was discovered, the theater was “deluged” with criticism from prominent artists who opposed Prop 8. Critics included Marc Shaiman, the composer of Hairspray, who stated that his work could not be performed at the theater because of Mr. Eckern’s support for Prop 8. Mr. Eckern resigned.
Richard Raddon was the director of the Los Angeles Film Festival before he landed in the crosshairs of Prop 8 opponents. Mr. Raddon personally donated $1,500 to Prop 8. As in the case of Mr. Eckern, once information about Mr. Raddon’s personal donation was disclosed to the state and published on the Internet, he became a target of Prop 8 opponents. According to an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, “A threatened boycott and picketing of the next festival forced him to resign.”
The extreme nature of this crude, but effective new tactic was poignantly illustrated in the case of Marjorie Christoffersen, a 67-year-old restaurant employee who donated a mere $100 to Prop 8. Once information about Ms. Christoffersen’s $100 donation was published on the Internet, Prop 8 opponents launched a protest against the restaurant where she worked, prompting the restaurant to offer activists a free brunch and Ms. Christoffersen to offer an apology. However, when Ms. Christoffersen refused to renounce her support for Prop 8 — like Scott Eckern and Richard Raddon, Marjorie Christoffersen is a Mormon — the meeting “turned ugly” and “[b]oisterous street protests erupted that night.” Ms. Christoffersen eventually decided to take a leave of absence to protect the restaurant, which is owned by her mother, and the other employees who worked there.
So, don’t be fooled by Rep. Castro’s denials – political violence has a long history in the Democratic Party and all it takes is a few addresses and a wink from people like Castro to set it off.
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Background Photo “Trump Signs” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0.