Goya Foods CEO calls boycott threat ‘suppression of speech,’ citing work for Obamas
As cancel culture tries to punish Goya foods President and CEO Bob Unanue for praising President Trump, the Hispanic food executive says he won’t back down from threats made by uber-progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Julian Castro.
“So, you’re allowed to talk good or to praise one president, but you’re not allowed to aid in economic and educational prosperity? And you make a positive comment and all of a sudden, it is not acceptable,” Unanue said, according to Fox News.
Goya Foods serves on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative that concentrates on educational and economic prosperity initiatives for Hispanics.
“We are all truly blessed … to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder,” Unanue said during the Rose Garden speech as reported by CNN. “We have an incredible builder, and we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president.”
That was enough to start a progressive boycott of Goya Foods by AOC, who tweeted that she’d have to learn how to make a spice packaged by Goya as Adobo.
Previously, Castro, who was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Obama and later ran unsuccessfully for the Democrat nomination for president, tweeted:
Goya has been an important brand in the Latino community, recognized by both President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as making substantial commitments to the success of the Hispanic community in the United States.
“The history and story of Goya are as much about the importance of family and values as it is about achieving the American dream and helping to cultivate the Latin culture in the United States,” says the company’s website.
While Unanue and his brother are both Trump supporters, and strongly conservative because of their Catholic background, they support progressive Hispanic organizations such as the National Council of La Raza. They also support the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Hispanic Leadership Institute.
“Unanue said that boycott threats are a ‘suppression of speech,’ mentioning Goya’s past efforts with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama,” says Business Insider.
Unanue says that he’s responding to Trump in the same way that he responded to Obama when he was in the White House and the president asked him to serve. Conservatives didn’t call for a Goya boycott when he cooperated with a Democrat.
“If you’re called by the president of the United States, you’re going to say, ‘No I’m sorry, I’m busy, no thank you?'” Unanue asked.
“I didn’t say that to the Obamas and I didn’t say that to President Trump.”
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