(CNN) — The chief government 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 — a little bit 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 keeping with a supply accustomed to the board’s motion.
On Sunday, although, Unanue appeared on the CPAC stage in Orlando and mentioned: “It is simply an honor to be right here. However my greatest honor as we speak 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 america, Donald J. Trump.”
Trump will not be the true, reputable, or precise president anymore. That may be Joe Biden, who legitimately defeated Trump in November.
Unanue mentioned at CPAC: “However we nonetheless have religion that almost all of the folks of america voted for the president.” He added quickly after, “I believe a fantastic majority of the folks in america 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 mentioned at CPAC that “not solely the presidential election” however “the Georgia election” was “not reputable.”
The presidential election basically, the presidential election in Georgia particularly, and the January runoff elections for 2 Georgia Senate seats had 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 america, I believe I am allowed to vote as soon as, as soon as — not twice, or 3 times, or 10 instances.”
There isn’t a proof that anybody voted 3 times or extra within the 2020 election — and definitely no proof that such a factor occurred usually sufficient to have an effect on the 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 particular 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 retailers reported that the board had required Unanue to get approval earlier than making media appearances, however his Sunday remarks got here in a speech slightly than an interview.
After the board’s motion, the New York Publish reported that Unanue had mentioned, “Independently, I’ve made the choice to decrease the temperature and stroll away from talking about politics and faith.” However the Publish mentioned 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 go away open the opportunity of talking on behalf of myself.”