The CEO of Goya Foods is facing backlash after praising President Donald Trump at an event and is now refusing to apologize.
People including Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes and model Chrissy Teigen, are calling for a boycott of Goya Foods. Chrissy Teigen tweeted: ‘Don’t care how good the beans taste though. Bye bye.’ Also Read–Donald Trump’s bizarre way of thinking
Other criticizers included Lin-Manuel Miranda and former presidential candidate Julian Castro who said the CEO was praising someone who spread hate speech for Goya Foods majority customer base.
Goya Foods claims to be the largest Hispanic-owned food company
Goya Foods was founded by Don Prudencio Unanue and his wife Carolina in Manhattan in 1936. The couple was themselves, immigrants, from Spain and the company remains in family control. The company has a value of $3 billion with its base in New Jersey. It is claimed to be the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the US.
Goya CEO and a grandson of Don Prudencio Unanue spoke at the ‘Hispanic Prosperity Initiative’ on Thursday.
‘We are all truly blessed, at the same time, to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder,’ Unanue said standing at a podium beside Trump.
Almost immediately, hashtags such as #BoycottGoya, #GoyaFoods and #Goyaway started trending on Twitter. People were upset with the support, saying Trump has a history of strict policies for Hispanics and the use of derogatory comments.