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Goya Foods President and CEO Bob Unanue calls the criticism hypocritical since he also appeared with President Obama at the White House.
« The View » co-host Meghan McCain argued on Twitter Friday that it was « weird & callous » to attempt a boycott of Goya Foods over its CEO’s praise of Trump at a White House event.
McCain pointed out that New Jersey-based Goya « supplies food to the masses and employs 4,000 people during a pandemic.
« No matter what your politics, who wants more people out of work? » she went on. « Almost every CEO, boss, & person I interact with and consume products from disagrees with me. »
The backlash began after Goya CEO Bob Unanue said Thursday that « we’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder. »
GOYA FOODS CEO WON’T APOLOGIZE IN FACE OF BOYCOTT, BACKLASH FOR PRO-TRUMP REMARKS: ‘SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH’
Model Chrissy Teigen and actor John Leguizamo are among the high-profile figures supporting a boycott, with Teigen vowing she would do what she could to financially support farms affected by the potential halt in consumption.
« Support the workers by empowering them to be stronger than this absolute bastard, » she said, referring to Unanue. « I will personally do what I can to financially ensure these farms can carry on without them. »
« The next step republicans will do (mark my words, they did this with my equinox tweets as well) is say you aren’t supporting the workers if you boycott, » Teigen tweeted.
« You ARE. They should never feel they have to work for someone who agrees Mexicans are ‘vile’ ‘rapists,' » a reference to remarks by Trump at the very start of his presidential campaign in 2015.
Unanue did not back down from his words during an appearance on « Fox & Friends » Friday, noting that he was previously invited to the White House for an event hosted by the Obama administration for Hispanic Heritage Month.
« So, you’re allowed to talk good or to praise one president, but you’re not allowed to aid in economic and educational prosperity? » he asked rhetorically. « And you make a positive comment and all of a sudden, it is not acceptable. »
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