MSNBC's Geist presses Castro on sharing Trump donors' names: These people 'are already being harassed'

Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroRNC reports record .5 million fundraising haul for August Hispanic Democrats announce 'Latina Prosperity Principles' It's legal to tweet the names of all of Trump's donors, but it's probably not a good idea MORE (D-Texas) on Wednesday was pressed by MSNBC's Willie Geist after he used his Twitter account earlier in the week to identify a number of people who had made the maximum allowable donations to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE's campaign.

Geist said that the Trump donors “are undoubtedly already being harassed online or perhaps face-to-face in some cases" because of Castro's actions. 

Castro, the brother of 2020 Democratic hopeful Julián Castro and chairman of his campaign, faced pushback on Tuesday from a number of conservatives for sharing the list of names. He said he published the names because he hopes that people “will think twice about contributing to [Trump's] campaign.”

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“What I hope is that this has started a conversation about what exactly Donald Trump is doing with these people's money," Joaquin Castro explained. "And I hope donors in San Antonio and donors throughout the country, unless you support the white nationalism and the racism that Donald Trump is paying for and fueling, then I hope that you, as a person of good conscience, will think twice about contributing to his campaign.”

“Morning Joe” co-host Geist tried several times to get Castro to explain his position further.

“Congressman, as you look at this list — and you even put their addresses out there. It's easy to find them,” Geist said. “These people are undoubtedly already being harassed online or perhaps face to face in some cases, they could be.”

“What do you say to those people this morning when you say, '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 say to them? Do you want them to repent for their support of President Trump or what do you want from them?”

Castro said he does not want anyone “harassed or targeted” over the donations, but Geist quickly said “they will be because you put their names in public.”

“That was not my intention,” Castro replied. “These things are public. No, what I want is for people to think twice about supporting a guy who is fueling hate in this country.”

“It's public information," co-host Mika Brzezisnki attempted to interject.

Geist pushed back again later, pointing to Castro's comments that President Trump's rhetoric has led to violence.

“If you agree rhetoric can lead to incitement, even if it triggers one person to do something terrible, does it give you any pause to put these names out in public?" Geist asked.

"Well, Willie, they're already public, they're already out there," Castro responded.

"There are 11 retirees and one homemaker who are not public," Geist noted.

"And this was already circulating. I shared it, so I didn't create the graphic," Castro replied.

"Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughJournalists, political heavyweights pay respects to Cokie Roberts: 'A pioneer for so many' MSNBC's Scarbrough credits Fox's Hemingway for prompting Kavanaugh correction in New York Times McConnell: 'Over-the-top' Moscow Mitch nickname effort to 'smear' me MORE and Brzezinski defended Castro earlier in the interview, with the latter arguing that Castro was only "reframing" public information.

"If you're proud of funding President Trump, you need to understand that that will be public information. And all you're doing is trying to explain what it is in terms of the policies or the morals that you are funding," Brzezinski said.

Geist is also the anchor "Sunday Today with Willie Geist."

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