A Virginia man has raised more than $100,000 to donate Goya Foods products to local food banks following calls to boycott the company because the CEO praised President Donald Trump.
The GoFundMe page — started by 27-year-old Casey Harper, a former fellow with the Daily Caller News Foundation — had raised $108,658 and counting (at the time of publication). His initial goal was $10,000. The fundraising post was first noted by Fox Business in a piece published Monday. (RELATED: Noam Chomsky, JK Rowling, And Dozens More Criticized After Calling For An End To Cancel Culture)
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“It’s pretty amazing that we raised so much money but it’s not entirely surprising,” Harper told the Daily Caller after starting the fundraiser as a message to “say no to cancel culture and feed the hungry at the same time.” (RELATED: Legendary Notre Dame Football Coach Lou Holtz Defends ‘Fighting Irish,’ Says Name Originated When ND Fought The KKK)
“The silent majority doesn’t have to always be silent,” he added. “Everyone knows our nation is being dragged along by a small, radical fraction of the population. Why is it allowed? Because the majority is silent, silent out of fear, but when they finally stand up as one to the political bullies, they’ll see they aren’t so powerful after all.”
Harper said that he will be meeting with Goya executives Tuesday afternoon to figure out what products he can purchase from the company and how to deliver them to the food banks. He explained that this could amount to “tens of thousands of cans” and it can’t all fit in the back of his car.
The fundraising haul follows CEO Robert Unanue, during an event at the White House earlier in July, saying Americans and others are “truly blessed” to have Trump.
Soon after, people, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and model Chrissy Teigen, called for a boycott of the product.
Unanue later said he was not going to apologize for his remarks, per CNN.