WATCH: Joaquin Castro Tries to Talk His Way Out of Why He Targeted Trump Donors

After a firestorm of backlash, Rep. Joaquin Castro appeared on Morning Joe in an attempt to explain why he published a list of Trump donors.

The move has infuriated Republicans, who believe Castro aimed to shame the donors in an attempt to intimidate them.

Castro claimed his post was a “lament.”

He also claimed that no private address of phone #s were published, though their employers WERE published and anyone could look up the address to their employers.

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Many were not buying Castro’s explanation.

What you did is legally fine and within the bounds of radical partisanship I guess. But you called out by name YOUR OWN CONSTITUENTS, who do not live in the public sphere, for a mass shaming over a political disagreement. Violates the entire premise of a representative system

That’s not the issue. It’s the purposefully naming them to shame them. Yes anyone can look up the names on the FEC website but the average person won’t.