It’s become a thing with people on the left, publishing names complete with home addresses and phone numbers and employers and all manner of personal information for the general public (including the unhinged never-Trump crowd) to consume. It’s called doxxing and over the weekend Democrat Joaquin Castro of Texas published the names and personal information of a number of President Donald Trump’s financial supporters.
“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,” Castro tweeted, along with the Twitter handles of several owners of local businesses who apparently donated to Trump. “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”
After Castro pulled this stunt, he was called out by media personalities who would normally be sympathetic to his antics. But not this time.
“This is dangerous, by any campaign,” Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted in response to a post from the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker. Haberman specifically said she did not want to retweet the image herself “because I don’t want to put these people’s names in my feed.”
MSNBC’s Willie Geist pointed out the risk during a Wednesday morning interview with Castro, who is the campaign chairman for his brother, 2020 presidential hopeful Julian Castro.
“What do you say to those people this morning who said I made a campaign donation and now I’m going to be harassed, I’m going to have people protesting outside my business or perhaps even my home … what do you want from them?” Geist asked.
Senator Ted Cruz and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy jumped on the bandwagon of calling doxxing a dangerous practice, as have more members of the mainstream media.
And so, it looks like in the age of “anything goes” politics, the line is drawn at doxxing. Publishing private information of those who are not public figures is off-limits.