AOC named Goya Foods’ ’employee of the month’ after her boycott caused 1,000% spike in sales
Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was bestowed the honor of being named Goya Foods’ ’employee of the month’ after her failed attempt at boycotting the business for supporting President Trump caused sales to spike 1,000%. That backfired all the way to the bank for Goya CEO Robert Unanue.
Unanue told radio’s “Michael Berry Show” on Monday of the award to AOC. Much hilarity ensued.
“When she boycotted us, our sales actually increased 1,000%,” Unanue said on the show which is syndicated on some 20 stations across the country, “So we gave her an honorary, we never were able to hand it to her, but she got employee of the month for bringing attention to Goya and our adobo.”
Americans then crowned Unanue the King of Snark (at least they should have).
The boycott boomeranged and allowed Goya to reach “so many new people” while maintaining its base. Many Trump supporters were not familiar with the company… now it’s a household staple.
Unanue channeled Margaret Thatcher and told “The Michael Berry Show”:
“You know, communism works until you run out of other people’s money to spend. We’re not going to be able to do that. It’s interesting that AOC was one of the first people to step in line to boycott Goya; go against her own people, as supposedly a Puerto Rican woman, to go against people of her own Latin culture. She’s naïve. To some extent I can understand AOC; she’s young; she’s naïve; she doesn’t get it. But you’ve got someone like (Bernie) Sanders, who’s older than us, older than me, and he still doesn’t get it.”
AOC’s lame boycott came after Unanue declared at a White House event that the United States was “blessed” to have “a leader like President Trump who is a builder.”
“Oh look, it’s the sound of me Googling ‘how to make your own adobo,'” Ocasio-Cortez wrote to her 10.7 million followers on Twitter after social media backlash prompted #BoycottGoya. Memo to AOC… turns out that Americans don’t bend the knee for Twitter after all.
Oh look, it’s the sound of me Googling “how to make your own Adobo” https://t.co/YOScAcyAnC
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 10, 2020
Congratulations to @AOC for winning employee of the month at Goya!
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) December 7, 2020
Goya’s CEO said that AOC is ‘naive’ when it comes to her support of policies like the Green New Deal.
The company has doubled its production with an $80 million facility in Texas to meet increasing demand. At this rate, companies must be banging down AOC’s door demanding she boycotts them as well. Who knew a socialist would be good for business?
Despite the company’s success, Unanue told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo in an interview last week that he is concerned for the nation.
“We’re controlled by social media. Anything that doesn’t go along with their agenda and narrative is not permissible,” he said on “Mornings with Maria”. “We’ve lost our courage. We are the greatest country on earth but we’ve lost the freedom and we have to get back to work.”
He stated that politicians have blamed the coronavirus on Trump and “weaponized” it against the American worker. He also argued that politicians should be fired instead of the millions in the restaurant industry who are now unemployed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Californians must be cheering over that statement.
“They turned their weapons, in a political year, on the masses,” he said. “This is discrimination against the working class. We’re not teaching our children. We’re not working.”
The CEO told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” at the time that he was disappointed by the double standard shown over the boycott. He has worked with both Republicans and Democrats but stood fast in his support for President Trump.
“You’re allowed to talk good or to praise one president, but you’re not allowed — when I was called to be part of this commission to aid in economic and educational prosperity and you make positive comment, all of the sudden that’s not acceptable,” Unanue said.
“I’m not apologizing for saying — and especially when you’re called by the president of the United States, you’re gonna say, ‘No, I’m sorry, I’m busy. No, thank you,'” he insisted. “I didn’t say that to the Obamas and I didn’t say that to President Trump.”
The president expressed his support for the company, tweeting, “I LOVE @GoyaFoods!” and posting a photo on Instagram that showed him giving two thumbs up while seated behind a row of Goya Foods products.
President Trump’s daughter Ivanka also defended Goya.
If it’s Goya, it has to be good.
Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez weighed in on the controversy with a play on the company’s slogan.
“If it’s Trump, it has to be corrupt,” she tweeted in Spanish.
Actually, if it’s Trump, it’s American freedom. If it’s AOC, it’s socialist AND corrupt. Pure deflection. Pass the Goya, please.