The CEO of Goya Foods is not apologizing for supporting President Trump in a move that’s sparked outrage among politicians and thought leaders calling for Americans to boycott its products.
Robert Unanue, the head of the New Jersey-based company that claims to be the largest Hispanic-owned food label in the country, told FOX Business Friday the boycott is “a reflection of a division that exists today in our country” that is “killing our nation.”
“We choose to love and to build and that’s what we’ve been doing, looking for prosperity,” Unanue said on FOX Business Network’s “Varney & Company,” where he continued to defend Trump.
“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” Unanue said, relating Trump to the company’s founding story. “That’s what my grandfather did, he came to this country to build, to grow to prosper. And so we have an incredible builder and we pray for our leadership, our president, and our country that we will continue to prosper and to grow.” Unanue went on to say Goya would donate 1 million cans of Goya chickpeas and 1 million of the New Jersey-based company’s other food products to American food banks aimed at helping those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Unanue’s support for Trump set off controversy, with social media users calling for consumers to boycott the brand with hashtags like #BoycottGoya and #Goyaway trending on Twitter.