The Republican Party is still in full damage control mode from this past weekend’s mass shootings as they try to point blame at anyone and anything other than guns, so hellbent are they on doing the bidding of their NRA donors and firearm fetishist constituents.
This morning Donald Trump Jr. tried to smear a prominent Democratic politician and dilute the horror of the Dayton, Ohio shooting in one fell swoop. Appearing on Fox & Friends — a program known for its nauseatingly obsequious coverage of his father — Trump Jr. complained about Representative Joaquin Castro’s decision to share a list of Trump donors in his Congressional district.
Castro, the brother of presidential candidate Julián Castro, has come under fire from Republicans who claim he is “targeting” the Trump donors even though all the information is already publicly available. If these people didn’t want to be known as financial supporters of a racist president they shouldn’t have donated to a racist presidential campaign. Political donations are not private issues.
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Trump Jr. engaged in bad faith handwringing but took it a disgusting step further. He said the list of donors “sort of screams like the Dayton, Ohio shooter’s list. Right? When a radical left-wing politician who’s polling at about 0% does this for either attention or a call to action, it’s pretty scary. I mean that was the same thing that the Dayton, Ohio shooter did.”
Beyond the obviously horrifying and completely inaccurate comparison between a mass murderer and a loyal public servant like Castro, it also appears that Trump Jr. mixed Joaquin up with Julián with his comment about polling.
Presumably, he was referring to Julián Castro, who is currently polling around 1% in his bid for the Democratic nomination for president. Joaquin, the brother who released the list, isn’t running for president. It’s perhaps possible that the First Son was referring to the fact that Joaquin is serving as chairman for his brother’s presidential campaign, but that hardly makes sense since the donor list was shared on Joaquin’s own congressional campaign account. Since it’s Trump Jr. one can’t rule out the possibility that he’s inherited some of his father’s racism and is simply incapable of telling the two Hispanic men apart.
The entire appearance was a disgrace and further proof that there is absolutely no bottom for the Trump family and they are not above exploiting violent tragedies to smear their political opponents.
Holy shit. On Fox & Friends, Donald Trump Jr compares the list Joaquin Castro released of public info about who has donated to Trump with a mass shooter's kill list.
"That list sort of screams like the Dayton, Ohio, shooter's list, right? … it's pretty scary." pic.twitter.com/gZ1PYO94EI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 7, 2019