August 13, 2022

Trump just retaliated against Joaquin Castro with a vicious tweet about him and his brother

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Donald Trump actually admitted to his own ignorance this evening in a tweet attacking Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), the representative for a good portion of San Antonio.


Congressman Castro, whose identical twin brother Julián is running to become the Democratic nominee for president, has been an enormous target for right-wing politicians and media after he posted a tweet listing all of the people in his district who have contributed the maximum amount to the Trump reelection campaign and lamenting their support for “a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”

Rep. Castro didn’t reveal anything that wasn’t already easily available public information that had been published by many news outlets, including The New York Times, but Republican politicians were apoplectic over his tweet, claiming that it invited the harassment of private citizens, something that they never seem to complain about when Donald Trump singles out individuals for criticism.

Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, tried to portray Rep. Castro’s tweet as a “target list,” an offensive accusation after this weekend’s spate of mass shootings, but the allegation was quickly rebutted by the congressman.

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Donald Trump himself weighed in this evening, presumably after watching a segment on Castro on one of the right-wing propaganda outlets he favors, but he claimed ignorance of anything to do about the congressman — who is Vice Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of the Intelligence Committee — displaying a frightening lack of knowledge about a key member of Congress.

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Given Trump’s general lack of awareness and mental acuity, it’s surprising that he didn’t confuse the congressman with the late Fidel Castro since they both have sported beards.

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Trump took the opportunity to insult not just Representative Castro but also his twin brother (and potential Trump opponent in next year’s election), Julián Castro.

So much for attempting to unite the political divide in the wake of a tragedy that the president himself inspired with his racist anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Rather than paying any attention to Trump’s exhortation to his followers to “Keep fighting Joaquin!”, we should all urge the Texas congressman to “Keep fighting, Joaquin!”

A simple comma can make all the difference.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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