A Virginia television producer turned the Democratic Party’s failed smear campaign against the president into a successful charity drive to help the needy.
Casey Harper has mobilized thousands of Americans to defy Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) demand to boycott Goya Foods and encourage them to help buy Goya products and donate them to food banks.
Harper is the producer for conservative political commentator Eric Bolling. He set up a GoFundMe campaign, which raised more than $140,600 from over 4,000 donors, who each gave between $5 and $5,000.
The amount was 14 times greater than the original fundraising target of $10,000 and prompted Harper to order the products directly from the manufacturer in New York City.
“I am reaching out to Goya Foods directly,” he said on the GoFundMe website. “I would like to use some of the funds to support local grocery stores but we are also planning to buy directly from Goya because of the unexpectedly large volume.”
Products will be distributed to the nation’s capital, where food banks have the infrastructure to distribute the bulk donation.
“We expect to begin purchasing as soon as possible,” Harper said. “Our purchase will focus on rice and canned goods and will be delivered to several food pantries in the Washington, D.C. area so they can handle the volume.”
The remarks came after Ocasio-Cortez urged her 7.6 million social media followers, to stop buying Goya products and make Adobo sauce at home instead, after the company’s chief refused to apologize for speaking highly of President Donald Trump at a White House roundtable with Latino leaders, on July 9.
“Mr. President, what can I tell you?” Goya President Robert Unanue said in the official transcript. “I am so blessed to be here in the most prosperous country in the world, the greatest country in the world, and we are so blessed to have you as our leader as we continue to build this country and make it—continue to make it the most prosperous nation in the world.”
The attempted boycott ultimately backfired with a growing chorus for a counter ‘buy-cott’ where people buy Goya products to show their support.
“Goya Foods CEO will not apologize in [the] face of [a] boycott, backlash for pro-Trump remarks: ‘suppression of speech,’” Hollywood actor James Woods said on Twitter, “Bob Unanue sets a good example in the fight against liberal terrorism, do not let his voice be suppressed, [and] stand up against these thugs. Buy Goya.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) revealed many people who boycotted Goya products did not necessarily use them in the past. “Most of these people fronting about a Goya boycott either do not use Goya Foods anyways, and most of the ones who do will cave by Noche Buena [Christmas Eve,]” he said on Twitter.
Harper has already donated Goya products worth hundreds of dollars that he bought himself, and hopes more Americans can do their part to reject what he calls a “cancel culture.”
“After hearing about the Goya boycott, I went to the store and spent $225.29 on Goya products,” he said. “What if we rose up to say no to cancel culture and feed the hungry at the same time? Americans are at our best when we love fiercely and take bold action for what we believe in. Let us do it, any amount counts, [and] make your voice heard.”