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Goya Foods Faces Boycott Over Pro-Trump Comments

Goya CEO Robert Unanue declared we are "blessed" to have President Trump, leading Latinx and immigrant families to purge their cupboards

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New Jersey-based food company Goya is facing a backlash after its CEO Robert Unanue praised President Donald Trump.

At an event on Wednesday, Unanue said, “We are truly blessed, at the same time, to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder.” He doubled down on his comments during an appearance on Fox News on Friday. 

The compliments have Latinx families purging the product from their kitchens and looking for alternatives. #BoycottGoya, #GoyaFoods and #Goyaway began trending on Twitter with support from former Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and “Hamilton” writer Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

According to the Associated Press, Goya was founded by Spanish immigrants in Manhattan in 1936. Robert Unanue is the grandson of the founders Prudencio Unanue Ortiz and Carolina Casal de Valdés.

Jenny Robles, a public relations professional in New Jersey, told the Associated Press that her family would no longer be purchasing Goya products as Unanue’s comments were a slap in the face to her immigrant family. Associated Press

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