Goya Board Silences CEO After He Harps About Rigged Election On Fox News

Oof. That's embarrassing!

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Donald Trump, through the course of his presidency, has had a lot of peculiar relationships with a lot of peculiar entities and companies. But none were quite as odd and head-scratch-inducing as the weird relationship the family had with Goya, the makers of Hispanic food products, namely beans.

I mean, no one will soon forget Ivanka’s little Twitter post, modeling with a can of Goya beans like some right-wing generic version of Vana White.

But, now that the Trump’s are out of the White House, living it up as a bunch of private citizens, and the American people are trying to clear the stench of the past four years from the air, the Goya storyline has gone the way of the rest of Trump’s ridiculous antics, despite their CEO’s best efforts to hold on to relevancy for Donald’s unhinged claims about election fraud.

According to a new report from CNN, Goya’s CEO Robert Unanue has been making quite a few public comments, namely on Fox News, in support of Donald Trump’s unfounded claims about voter fraud and an election that he feels was rigged against him, and the company’s board of directors has had enough.

According to the report, the board has voted to censure Unanue, per one Goya source who agreed to speak with CNN on the condition that their name not be used in reporting.

As a result of the board’s decision, Unanue will no longer be allowed to speak to the media in any form without prior permission from the board, a move that the source calls a “full stop” on the CEO’s ability to speak to the press about not just politics, but the Latino food company itself.

The source claims that the majority of Goya shareholders are in support of removing Unanue from his position entirely, but haven’t been able to do so due to the dynamics of the family-controlled company.

“The company has never been political or politicized,” the source stated. “He’s gone from bad CEO to CEO that has imperiled the future of the company and endangered the lives of some of the shareholders,” they added, referencing the alleged threats that some of Unanue’s family claims to have been subjected to as a result of his comments regarding the election.

“His statements are insulting and dangerous,” the Goya source stated.

Unanue spoke with the New York Post on the heels of his censure and acknowledged that he would no longer be speaking with the media, but did not directly mention the muzzling from the board of his company.

“Independently, I’ve made the decision to lower the temperature and walk away from speaking about politics and religion,” the CEO told the publication. “I realize it’s important because of the diverse views of the company and our market.”

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