On Tuesday, Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a hissy fit on Twitter after Goya Foods President and CEO Bob Unanue crowned her “Employee of the Month” after her boycott caused a massive sales boom over the summer.
“I don’t know if you know about this, but when she boycotted us, our sales actually increased 1,000%,” Unanue said earlier this week. “So we gave her an honorary — we never were able to hand it to her but she got Employee of the Month for bringing attention to GOYA and our adobo. Actually our sales of adobo did very well after she said ‘Make your own Adobo.’”
Ocasio-Cortez replied to the news by commenting on a tweet from a liberal activist who shared a screenshot of a Fox News segment with the title: “GOYA CEO: AOC’S BOYCOTT CAUSED OUR SALES TO SURGE.”
“Serious question: did AOC *actually* lead a boycott of goya foods?” the activist tweeted. “Or did she just make a twitter joke about adobo recipes, and people in the media called that a boycott?”
AOC replied by tweeting, “No, I just googled how to make my own adobo.”
“But of course Fox would rather indulge their made up fantasies than acknowledge that in the Trump admin’s catastrophic response to COVID, millions of people rushed to buy canned goods which then had to be rationed at grocery stores,” she whined. “We know that neither ‘acknowledging science’ nor ‘food rationing under crony capitalism’ works in their understanding of reality so they’re gonna go with ‘food staples sold out because of a tweet once.’”
We know that neither “acknowledging science” nor “food rationing under crony capitalism” works in their understanding of reality so they’re gonna go with “food staples sold out because of a tweet once”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 8, 2020
Unanue comments when he crowned Ocasio-Cortez as “employee of the month” came during an interview on “The Michael Berry Show” with host Michael Berry:
BERRY: When you see the radical plans like the Green New Deal, when you hear politicians like AOC spouting these things off, agriculture is a major employer in this country but it’s also a major consumer of energy, as you noted earlier. It’s an intensive process for labor and energy. And they are talking about things that would drive the cost of energy through the roof in some cases making it prohibitive for marginal players. How much does that concern you and how much do you feel the need to step up and say, “Hey, guys, you want me to lay off these thousands of employees because that’s what would have to happen?”
UNANUE: You know, communism works until you run out of other people’s money to spend. We’re not going to be able to do that. It’s interesting that AOC was one of the first people to step in line to boycott Goya; go against her own people, as supposedly a Puerto Rican woman, to go against people of her own Latin culture. She’s naïve. To some extent I can understand AOC; she’s young; she’s naïve; she doesn’t get it. But you’ve got someone like (Bernie) Sanders, who’s older than us, older than me, and he still doesn’t get it.
We still have to chat with AOC; I love her. She was actually our Employee of the Month; I don’t know if you know about this, but when she boycotted us, our sales actually increased 1,000%. So we gave her an honorary — we never were able to hand it to her but she got Employee of the Month for bringing attention to GOYA and our adobo. Actually our sales of adobo did very well after she said “Make your own Adobo.”
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