In 2020 everyone and everything seems at risk of getting canceled. Old tweets may take down a politician, a distasteful text exchange can hurt a public figure — and patriotism can hurt… beans and rice?
The household staple, Goya Foods, has been in hot water with those upset about CEO Robert Unanue’s words of praise for President Donald Trump at an event at the White House last week.
“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” Unanue said at the signing ceremony of an executive order on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative — the goal is to increase access to better school and economic opportunities for Hispanic citizens.
After the comments were made at the White House, a boycott of the products, ranging from rice to sardines, was promptly declared online by the left. Trump supporters, however, formed their own plan: a “buy-cott.”
In no time, the products were widely purchased at stores across the nation. One buyer, Casey Harper, created a Go Fund Me to purchase the products and distribute them to food pantries.
“What if we rise up to say no to cancel culture AND feed the hungry at the same time,” the original post said. Harper detailed his experience of going to a local store and spending over $200 on Goya products to donate. His fundraiser blew up.
As of July 15 — a mere three days after the crowd-funding page went live — 7,200 people have donated and over $256,000 has been raised.
Many of the donations are small, some, however, are for as much as $5,000.
“We are also planning to buy directly from GOYA because of the unexpectedly large volume,” Harper wrote in a recent update where he said he’s meeting with a Goya executive to plan the purchases. “We expect to begin purchasing as soon as possible, and will have video and pictures of the process so everyone can see the results.”
The funds will be used to purchase Goya products from both the company itself and from local grocery stores. Because of the huge response, Harper said some of the funds will be sent to food pantries outside of his area, metro Washington D.C.
To donate or learn more about the fundraiser: click here.
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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