Goya CEO praises Trump at White House, backlash is swift

Joanna Estrada
July 10, 2020

"We're all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder", said Unanue, who is of Spanish descent. But soon after, Twitter users launched a boycott campaign against him using the hashtag #Goyaway. "Now their CEO, Bob Unanue, is praising a president who villainizes and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain".

Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue attended the event and used the occasion to announce a donation of 1 million cans of chickpeas and 1 million pounds of other food to food banks.

Goya Foods was founded in 1936 by Unanue's grandfather, Prudencio Unanue Ortiz.

Goya did not immediately comment. But they sidestep hot-button proposals on climate, criminal justice, the economy, education, healthcare and immigration that divided Democrats during their yearlong presidential primary season, leaving less room for Republicans to paint their opposition as extreme.

President Trump has created an advisory commission to expand economic and educational opportunities for the Latino community. "We pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country, that we will continue to prosper and to grow", the CEO continued to say.

According to the president, US relations with Latin American countries have never been better. On Wednesday, he welcomed President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the White House with lofty language, calling Mexico a cherished partner.

"We don't support companies who endorse and comply with a White Supremacist regime", it said. "If Goya wants our business, they must respect and fight for our humanity!" the organization said in a statement.

"It was very comical to do it on Zoom", said Prakash, whose group included former Secretary of State John Kerry, a key Biden surrogate, and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of Sanders' highest-profile supporters during the primary. "It seems their opinions and politics are worse". "All clear", he said.

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