SANTA FE (KRQE) – Donald Trump was widely criticized for remarks he made about Mexicans. Now, a Santa Fe man has been fired by the Santa Fe County Republican Party, for how he reacted to Trump.
Ignacio Padilla was the Treasurer for the Republican Party of Santa Fe County, but after a very public bashing of the controversial presidential candidate, it’s Padilla who’s getting the boot.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Donald Trump said in regards to illegal immigration. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, their rapists, and some I assume are good people,” he continued.
Trump’s comments kicking off his presidential campaign drew immediate criticism.
“That doesn’t stand with me,” Santa Fe Republican Ignacio Padilla, told KRQE News 13. Padilla said he was so offended, he made his own Donald Trump piñata.
“I put his big mouth on it,” explained Padilla. Filled with fake money instead of candy, Padilla allowed people to take a hit at the Trump piñata on the plaza Friday.
“They had a real good time,” Padilla recalled. “It was not only Hispanics, it was also Anglos that were there with us.”
“When he’s saying all those bad things about us, I am going to stand up like I always have,” added Padilla.
But the Republican Party of Santa Fe County told him in an email Sunday, “The Republican Party of Santa Fe County Executive Board has voted unanimously to remove you as Treasurer..”
The notice cited party rules that “Republican Party Officers must remain neutral in Primary Races.”
“The worst part about it was that I was never called to attend the meeting to defend myself,” Padilla explained.
He said no one told him the piñata event wasn’t allowed under his role as Treasurer. “I can understand that coming from a Communist Party, but not from the Republican Party of the USA,” Padilla told KRQE News 13.
However, losing his position isn’t stopping him from displaying his anti-Trump views.
The torn up Donald Trump piñata now sits in Padilla’s car, which he still plans on driving around Santa Fe to make his point. The ’76 Triumph Spitfire is decked out in anti-Trump symbols, calling Trump a racist. Padilla also made signs that feature Trump’s face in the center of a confederate flag.
“Every one of those bills says ‘Vote No Trump!’ Padilla said. It’s the message he wants to get across during Trump’s campaign, and it’s a message Padilla is not afraid of sending.
Padilla said he’s first a Hispanic, a U.S. Citizen, and then a Republican, and doesn’t apologize for the piñata.
The Santa Fe County Republican Party told KRQE News 13 they’re planning another meeting to remove Padilla from his committee positions. That date has not been set.
A spokesman for the state Republican Party told KRQE News 13, “Assuming proper procedures were followed by the Santa Fe GOP, they were right to remove him from his position. Regardless of our personal views on candidates within our own Party, Republicans must be united and continue to fight for real solutions to the problems our country faces.”