Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is nearing 70 years old, so it might be why he isn't clear on new terms like doxing. Posting a Wall Street Journal article to Twitter on Wednesday, Cornyn said that following and broadcasting the careers of former officials in President Donald Trump's administration is illegal.
Doxing is illegal. These guys better check with their lawyers unless they want to spend their windfall gains on cr… https://t.co/RQbqMIVoes— Senator John Cornyn (@Senator John Cornyn)1610546757.0
"Stuart Stevens, a senior advisor to the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, tweeted Saturday that 'we are constructing a database of Trump officials & staff that will detail their roles in the Trump administration & track where they are now.' He added: 'No personal info, only professional. But they will be held accountable & not allowed to pretend they were not involved.'"
Doxing is when someone broadcasts the personal contact information and location of a person for the purpose of attacking that person in real life. When a Republican leader targeted public health inspectors by broadcasting their addresses so that protesters could show up outside their houses, that was doxing. When someone calls out Apple for hiring someone they don't think upholds their values that might be annoying, but it's not illegal. It might even be considered trolling, but that's not illegal either.
In fact, doxing isn't illegal either, it's merely against the terms of service for several social media sites. As one person noted, wait until Cornyn hears about the phone book.
The senator was ridiculed for not knowing the difference. See the comments below:
@4everNeverTrump @JohnCornyn @WSJ Wait til he hears about phone books— Jarlent (@Jarlent)1610553811.0
@thomasfamily84 @JohnCornyn @WSJ Any child of southern upbringing knows what those last 3 words mean! 😂— Observer of the Obvious (@Observer of the Obvious)1610561627.0
@john_sipher @JohnCornyn @WSJ I guess "Cancel ", is the Republican Word of the Day. Or the week. https://t.co/kI9WLqGNn3— EMR (@EMR)1610567102.0
@ericgarland @JohnCornyn @WSJ Lynching the VP is illegal as well.— Emily sedelbauer (@Emily sedelbauer)1610553529.0
I think you misunderstand what it means to dox, Senator. And the ones who'll be needing to spend money on criminal defense counsel are the elected Republicans who aided and abetted the coup attempt last Wednesday.
— Metal Detectors Are Tyranny Michael (@Merv515) January 13, 2021
So odd that an old man doesn't know what doxxing is. 🤣
— JAG says it was insurrection. (@truthisbest5) January 13, 2021
Let me know what's this law where you find that "doxing" (that's not even a real term) is "illegal." Looking forward to any state or fed criminal statutes you can cite.
— A.J. Delgado (@AJDelgado13) January 13, 2021
@hka003 @JohnCornyn @WSJ Holding people accountable is not the same thing as “canceling” them. @ProjectLincoln has… https://t.co/YSJXMjJfRK— Christian Paasch (@Christian Paasch)1610555992.0
Second paragraph in the story you shared:
“No personal info, only professional. But they will be held accountable & not allowed to pretend they were not involved."
Don't you ever read?
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) January 13, 2021
@JohnCornyn @WSJ https://t.co/zXfz1IZ9WY— I only like my dogs and 3 people (@I only like my dogs and 3 people)1610549330.0
Another Republican pretending that they care about law and order only when it suits them 🙄
— Jennifer Lee (@Jennife35934688) January 13, 2021