Goya CEO Bob Unanue Takes His #Cancel Conversation to the Next Level

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As you may have noticed, we’ve quickly reached a point where someone having their own views is unacceptable.

Problematic, even — and that’s the worst anything can be.

As you might’ve gotten word, Goya Foods President and CEO Bob Unanue went to the White House recently. More than that, he talked to Donald Trump — and not in a Jim Acosta kind of way.

What’s more, he said some positive things about the Commander-in-Chief which, in our goofy state, was called out for its horror:

POTUS hates foreigners and immigrants so much, apparently, he married one.

And then a second one.

The above tweet, by the way, is from Julián Castro, who previously and valiantly railed against racist rain:

Additionally, he said this during last year’s Democratic presidential debates:

“[J]ust because a woman — or, let’s also not forget, someone in the trans community, a trans female — is poor doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the right to exercise that right to choose (abortion).”

But my favorite Julián moment was the way he said “justice” — I wish I had it as a ringtone:

To me, that’s politics summed up in just 8 seconds — I feel like he was waiting all night to pop that one out.

Anyway, back to Goya’s Bob — people didn’t like him saying we’re “blessed to have a leader” like The Donald. Thus followed a boycott, which I personally find problematic due to its chauvinism — why not a girlcott?

Lin-Manuel Miranda — the creator of Hamilton, who’s also been under threat of #Cancellation — even hopped on the train:

Yet, as reported by RedState’s Nick Arama, Bob — who not so long ago accepted an invitation to the Obama White House for Hispanic Heritage Month — stood his ground.

He lamented to CNN:

“So, you’re allowed to talk good or to praise one president, but you’re not allowed to aid in economic and educational prosperity? And you make a positive comment and all of a sudden, it is not acceptable.”

Well, now he’s taken the conversation to the next level. Will he apologize, asked Fox News host Laura Ingraham. To put it in easy terms, not just no; but heck no.

Or…

Bob:

“We have to stand for prosperity. You know, we are the most prosperous country in the world. Pre-COVID, we were the lowest Hispanic and black unemployment in history. And even post-pandemic, we are still the most powerful and most prosperous country in the world…”

Laura:

“Bob, will you be one of those, you know, big figures in American life — you’ve seen it in Hollywood, you’ve seen it in sports — who’s forced to apologize for standing with President Trump or next to President Trump? Will you do that?”

You’re not gonna apologize for standing next to President Trump?

Bob:

“Hell no.”

Clear.

That’s the right answer. And what I mean is, it’s the right response for everyone on the face of the earth, no matter their genuine personal convictions.

There cannot be only one perspective. We’re supposed to be One Nation, but comprised of many individuals — all of whom allow one another space to think for themselves.

So GO, Bob. YA got it right.

-ALEX

 

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