The chief govt officer of Goya Meals, Robert Unanue, made a collection of false claims in regards to the 2020 election on the Conservative Political Motion Convention on Sunday — somewhat greater than a month after the corporate board took motion to restrict his polarizing public political remarks.
In 2020, Unanue’s compliments of then-President Donald Trump generated controversy and requires a boycott of Goya, which markets itself as “the premier supply for genuine Latino delicacies.”
After Unanue questioned the legitimacy of the election in a Fox Enterprise interview in January 2021, Goya’s board voted to stop Unanue from talking to the media with out board permission, in accordance with a supply conversant in the board’s motion.
On Sunday, although, Unanue appeared on the CPAC stage in Orlando and stated: “It is simply an honor to be right here. However my largest honor at present is gonna be that — I believe we’re gonna be on the identical stage — as, in my view, the true, the reputable, and the nonetheless precise president of the USA, Donald J. Trump.”
Trump just isn’t the true, reputable, or precise president anymore. That may be Joe Biden, who legitimately defeated Trump in November.
Unanue stated at CPAC: “However we nonetheless have religion that almost all of the individuals of the USA voted for the president.” He added quickly after, “I believe a terrific majority of the individuals in the USA voted for President Trump, and even just a few Democrats.”
Biden, not Trump, gained a majority of votes within the 2020 election. Biden obtained 51.3% of the vote, Trump 46.8% — with Biden incomes over seven million extra votes than Trump did.
Unanue additionally stated at CPAC that “not solely the presidential election” however “the Georgia election” was “not reputable.”
The presidential election normally, the presidential election in Georgia particularly, and the January runoff elections for 2 Georgia Senate seats have been all reputable.
Unanue additionally made obscure insinuations at CPAC about voter fraud involving mail-in ballots, saying that he obtained “unsolicited ballots” and that, “as a citizen of the USA, I believe I am allowed to vote as soon as, as soon as — not twice, or thrice, or 10 occasions.”
There isn’t any proof that anybody voted thrice or extra within the 2020 election — and positively no proof that such a factor occurred usually sufficient to have an effect on the end result.
There have been scattered allegations of individuals voting twice, so it’s doable that this occurred on this election, however there isn’t any indication it occurred at a big scale. (“Unsolicited” mail-in ballots, those despatched to all eligible registered voters in a state with out requiring a selected request from every voter, comprise safety measures to stop fraud.)
Goya Meals didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Sunday afternoon. It was not clear if Unanue’s feedback at CPAC violated the board’s January directive limiting his political remarks; CNN and different shops reported that the board had required Unanue to get approval earlier than making media appearances, however his Sunday remarks got here in a speech fairly than an interview.
After the board’s motion, the New York Submit reported that Unanue had stated, “Independently, I’ve made the choice to decrease the temperature and stroll away from talking about politics and faith.” However the Submit stated that Unanue had not fully closed the door on political remarks, having added: “I do not imagine I ought to communicate politically or in a faith-based method on behalf of the corporate. However I depart open the opportunity of talking on behalf of myself.”