Goya Foods boycott launched after CEO lavishes praise on Trump

U.S. congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, artist Lin-Manuel Miranda and former presidential candidate Julián Castro are all backing calls to boycott Goya Foods — a staple brand of food and seasonings in the Latinx community.

The boycott comes after CEO Robert Unanue praised President Trump during an event at the White House Thursday.  Unanue said: “We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder.”

Earlier, Unanue told Fox News he would not apologize for his statements, claiming the boycott of Goya is a “suppression of speech.”  Julián Castro responded by tweeting: “Free speech works both ways. Goya Foods CEO is free to support a bigoted president who said an American judge can’t do his job because he’s 'Mexican,' who treats Puerto Rico like trash, and who tries to deport Dreamers.  We’re free to leave his products on the shelves.”