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Ted Cruz ruthlessly mocked for getting worked up over pro-Trump beans boycott

Ted Cruz ruthlessly mocked for getting worked up over pro-Trump beans boycott

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Goya Foods has come under fire over comments the company’s CEO Robert Unanue made during an appearance in the White House Rose Garden earlier today. Unanue said that the United States is “truly blessed” to “have a leader like President Trump who is a builder.”

The incredibly ignorant remarks sparked an overwhelming wave of criticism with many, including prominent Hispanic figures like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), calling for an immediate nationwide boycott of Goya products.

The outrage makes perfect sense. It’s inexcusable for the head of Goya—a company which ostensibly caters largely to Hispanic cuisine consumers—to voice support for a president who ran on explicit anti-Hispanic sentiments. Boycotting is a reasonable response from Americans who would rather their hard-earned dollars don’t end up in the coffers of a company that tacitly endorses bigotry.

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Predictably, the outrage merchants within the GOP are already stoking the flames of the culture war over the GOYA boycott. These issues are like red meat to Republicans because it allows them to assume the mantle of victimhood and distract from the reality that they’re offering zero material benefits to the American people.

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was quick to jump into the fray and tweeted out that Goya is a “staple of Cuban food.” He claimed that his grandparents regularly ate Goya black beans for almost 90 years as if the consumption habits of his family have any bearing on what the rest of us think.

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Absurdly, Cruz claimed that “the Left is trying to cancel Hispanic culture and silence free speech” before urging his followers to buy Goya products.  The asinine tweet almost reads like satire of conservative outrage politics. Conflating Goya with all of Hispanic culture is a laughably inept attempt to cover up the fact when you get down to it Cruz is a grown man, a U.S. senator no less, whining about people not buying beans.

His second claim about silencing free speech is just as ridiculous. Choosing to buy something other than Goya doesn’t infringe on anyone’s First Amendment rights. Quite the opposite, since boycotting is a form of speech. It allows Americans to voice their opinions on companies like Goya by voting with their dollars.

As one might expect, Twitter users were quick to take Cruz to task for focusing on beans while our country is struggling to survive a global pandemic and faltering economy.

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