Brookshire’s own Goya Foods, is Savaged for Praise of President Trump

Earlier this month, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue, whose headquarters are in Brookshire, a neighbor of Katy’s, went to the White House’s Rose Garden to discuss President Trump’s Hispanic Prosperity Initiative. This is an Executive Order by the President that seeks to increase economic and educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

Goya was founded in 1936 by Spanish immigrants, and Unanue has been the acting CEO of Goya Foods since 2004 and is also a believer in Christ. The popular food company has been a staple for household food items for many people across our nation (including myself) but is now at the center of a political firestorm.

At the White House event, Unanue announced that he would donate one million cans of chickpeas and one million pounds of other food items to food banks. In his remarks, he said:

“We are all truly blessed…to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder. And that is what my grandfather did, he came to this country to build, to grow, to prosper … and we pray, we pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country.”

Within hours prominent Hispanic socialists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former presidential candidate Julián Castro suggested boycotting their products and #Goyaway began trending alongside #BoycottGoya.

Hate commentators like Joy Behar of MSNBC and Ana Navarro of CNN piled on along with a few celebrity Hispanic chefs, and before you knew it, we had yet another full-blown political divide in our country.

But Unanue, in an interview with Fox News on July 10, said the criticism of his White House visit was “suppression of speech.” He said he had participated in an Obama administration event before and perceived this reaction as a double standard. He also said he would not apologize for his remarks:

“And, so, you’re allowed to talk good or to praise one president, but you’re not allowed, when I was called to be part of this commission to aid in economic and in educational prosperity, and you make a positive comment, all of a sudden that’s not acceptable.” Unanue added.

The good news is Goya Foods products have been flying off the shelves all across the nation in support of Goya Foods. But should we even have to do this in our politically charged environment? Isn’t it alright for someone to offer a praise of our President, or anyone else in society, without that person (or persons) being demonized?

Not only that, trying to destroy a company that employees so many people, especially Hispanics, whom President Trump is supposed to hate? The same people who preach tolerance are the most intolerant people who walk amongst us. It is not enough to offer an opinion on the matter, that person must be destroyed. Free speech only applies if you are signing the same chorus as theirs. Anything else is “Hate Speech.”

I think we should all follow in the footsteps of Unanue and not bow down to the altar of political correctness. If we do, who will defend you when they come for us?

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.