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Trump’s Dallas Visit Spurs Calls for Restaurant Boycott

Owner of 2 popular Mexican restaurant chains is Trump fundraiser

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NBC 5 News

At least one Latino activist is calling for a boycott of two popular Irving-based Mexican restaurant chains because the owner is a prominent fundraiser for Donald Trump.

Carlos Quintanilla, leader of the group Accion American, said he would organize a boycott of Mi Cocina and Taco Diner restaurants.

The restaurants' owner, Ray Washburne, of Highland Park, is national vice chairman of the Trump Victory Committee and may host a fundraiser when the presumptive Republican nominee visits Dallas next Thursday.

"We're asking people not to eat his garbage tacos," Quintanilla said.

Quintanilla also said he planned to organize protests during Trump's visit.

"We have called for a massive mobilization," he said. "We cannot permit Donald Trump to simply come into Dallas, which is a majority Latino city, and collect money and continue to attack our community."

Washburne did not return a call seeking comment Thursday, but on Friday he told NBC 5 that while he does raise money as the vice chair of the Victory Committee, he is not hosting a fundraiser for Trump next week.

Washburne added that he has employed thousands of Latinos at his restaurants and doesn't appreciate what protesters are doing.

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