Democratic leaders are calling their leftist supporters to boycott Goya Foods – a Hispanic-owned food company – because its CEO praised President Donald Trump.
Goya CEO Robert Unanue lauded the president during his speech in the White House Rose Garden after a roundtable for Hispanic businesses – lifting him up for strengthening America’s economy amidst difficult times.
“We're all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” Unanue proclaimed, according to TheBlaze. “We have an incredible builder, and we pray … we pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country – that we will continue to prosper and grow.”
Lauding Republicans strictly prohibited
Shortly after commending the president, Unanue was condemned by Democratic leaders, who called Americans to boycott his company’s products.
“Unanue – a third-generation Spanish American – enraged many with his remarks, including some high-profile Democrats, who also signaled that they would no longer support Goya's products," NPR reported.
Among those lambasting the successful businessman was the wealthy Latino Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) – who was severely criticized last year for equating border detention centers to Germany’s Nazi concentration camps that murdered 6 million Jews during World War II.
“Oh look, it's the sound of me Googling 'how to make your own Adobo,’” the pro-open borders Squad leader jeered on Twitter Thursday, indicating she will no longer buy Goya products.
Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julian Castro – also pro-amnesty and vehemently opposed to Trump building the border wall – joined AOC’s call to boycott Goya.
“@GoyaFoods has been a staple of so many Latino households for generations,” the failed Latino Democratic presidential candidate tweeted Thursday. “Now their CEO, Bob Unanue, is praising a president who villainizes and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain. Americans should think twice before buying their products. #Goyaway"
In addition, United We Dream – an immigrant youth organization – condemned Goya.
“We don't support companies who endorse and comply with a White Supremacist regime,” the leftist group advocating illegal immigration tweeted Thursday. “Under capitalism, know the power of the dollar in their eyes. We're using it to make a statement. Pledge your commitment to boycotting Goya Foods today.”
Because of Democrats’ and other far leftists’ social media attack on Goya, the successful Latino company’s name is now recognized by many who have never heard of it before.
“By evening, ‘Goya’ was the top trending word on Twitter, along with the hashtags #BoycottGoya and #Goyaway,” TheBlaze reported. “According to Goya Foods' website, the company was founded by Spanish immigrants Don and Carolina Prudencio Unanue in 1936, and is currently ‘the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States.’”
No backing down
After much Democratic backlash for his White House visit and speech, Unanue insisted he will not cave in to the boycott effort.
“We were part of a commission called the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative, and they called on us to be there to see how we could help opportunities within the economic and educational realm for prosperity among Hispanics and among the United States,” Unanue explained to Fox & Friends Friday.
Trump signed an executive order on Thursday for the initiative to increase taxpayer support for private and charter schools, as well as to “improve access by Hispanic Americans to education and economic opportunities.”
The Latino entrepreneur assured that he will not be bullied by Democrats and other anti-Trump activists.
“Unanue called the pushback against him visiting the White House ‘suppression of speech’ [and] said that he was previously invited to the White House for an event hosted by the Obama administration for Hispanic Heritage Month,” Fox News recounted. “Unanue said he is not apologizing for his remarks supporting Trump's economic policy and would not turn down other future invitations.”
He blasted leftists for trying to dictate what people can and cannot say and who they can and cannot support.
“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 posed, according to Fox. “I didn’t say that to the Obamas, and I didn’t say that to President Trump.”