Ted Cruz, Meghan McCain, Charlie Kirk, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Julián Castro were some who Call to boycott Goya grow after CEO praises Trump

The hashtag #Goyaway was trending on social media Friday after Robert Unanue, CEO of Goya Foods, appeared in the White House Rose Garden Thursday afternoon and praised President Donald Trump.
"We are all truly blessed ... to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder," Unanue said during the Rose Garden speech. "We have an incredible builder, and we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president."
On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted: "Goya is a staple of Cuban food. My grandparents ate Goya black beans twice a day for nearly 90 years. And now the Left is trying to cancel Hispanic culture and silence free speech. #BuyGoya"
President Trump similarly tweeted "I LOVE @GoyaFoods!" amid the backlash. Figures such as former model Chrissie Teigen had advanced the boycott as a way to retaliate against CEO Robert Unanue, who appeared beside Trump at a White House event this week.

"We're all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder," he said. Trump was promoting the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative, which is designed to expand educational and economic opportunities for Hispanic-Americans.
While criticizing the boycott, "The View" co-host Meghan McCain warned that it might result in job loss during the difficult economic problems begot by the coronavirus pandemic.



"It seems weird & callous to boycott a company who supplies food to the masses and employs 4,000 people during a pandemic," she said in a post retweeted by conservative author Ben Shapiro. "No matter what your politics, who wants more people out of work? Almost every CEO, boss, & person I interact with and consume products from disagrees with me."


Conservative commentator Charlie Kirk also ripped the boycott, suggesting it would harm minorities.
"Imagine boycotting one of America’s largest minority-owned businesses and thinking that you’re doing something to end racism," he tweeted on Friday. "That’s the current mindset of the leaders of the Democrat party."

Meanwhile, the boycott has received support from figures like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. "Oh look, it’s the sound of me Googling 'how to make your own Adobo,'" she tweeted alongside a call for the boycott.



Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro acknowledged Goya's "staple" status in Latino households, but he encouraged people to reconsider buying Goya after Unanue's White House appearance.

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