Newsweek: Texas Senators Cornyn, Cruz rip Democratic congressman for calling out constituents who donated to Trump

News|8.6.19

Tuesday afternoon, two Republican senators from Texas laid into a fellow Texan for calling out San Antonio donors who gave the maximum amount to President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Joaquin Castro, a Democratic representative from San Antonio, said some prominent business owners and individuals in his district were “fueling a campaign of hate” that labeled immigrants as “invaders.”

“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump — the owner of ⁦@BillMillerBarBQ⁩, owner of the ⁦@HistoricPearl, realtor Phyllis Browning, etc⁩.,” Castro tweeted Monday. “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.'”

Castro posted an image of the 44 donors who have donated the maximum amount of $2,800 to a candidate per election cycle. Though the information is public record, Castro’s tweet proved controversial, first in the news media and then from the two senators.

Tuesday, Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn sniped back.

“EVERYONE needs to tone the hateful partisan rhetoric way down. This is WRONG & Castro should retract it. In our constitutional Republic, the People rightly hold their representatives accountable; elected representatives should not be vilifying & doxxing their own constituents,” Cruz tweeted.

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