Goya Foods CEO said Trump is 'the still actual president' and doubled down on false election claims at CPAC

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Robert Unanue, the CEO of Goya foods, on August 15, 2013. Yana Paskova/For The Washington Post via Getty Images
  • Goya Foods' CEO said Trump was "the legitimate and the still actual president of the United States."

  • CNN reported the executive praised Trump during the Conservative Political Action Conference.

  • Goya's board voted to bar the CEO from talking to the media earlier this year.

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The CEO of Goya Foods said Donald Trump was the "actual" US president nearly six weeks after President Joe Biden's inauguration.

Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue spread conspiracy theories about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, CNN reported.

"My biggest honor today is going to be that - I think we're going to be on the same stage - as, in my opinion, the real, the legitimate, and the still actual president of the United States, Donald J. Trump," Unanue said on the conference stage in Orlando, Florida.

Trump lost both the popular vote and the Electoral College to Biden. Elections experts and international observers found no evidence of election fraud.

Despite Biden's decisive victory in the election, Unanue said he thought Trump received the majority of the votes, CNN reported. He also baselessly claimed the election was "not legitimate."

Goya Foods' nine-person board voted to bar Unanue from speaking to the media without company permission after the CEO baselessly called the election "unverified" in a January interview with Fox Business.

Unanue's comments in support of Trump in 2020 led to backlash and boycott threats on social media. In July, Unanue said at a White House event: "We are all truly blessed, at the same time, to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder."

Goya Foods calls itself the largest Hispanic-owned food producer.

Latino politicians including Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez and former presidential candidate Julián Castro criticized Unanue's comments, reminding their social-media followers of Trump's insults toward Mexican immigrants and other Hispanic groups.

"Bob Unanue, is praising a president who villainized and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain," Castro said on Twitter. "Americans should think twice before buying their products."

Unanue's grandfather founded Goya in 1936. After taking over as the company's chief executive in 2004, Unanue expanded the brand's availability in regions with growing Latino populations like Florida.

"We're nimble because we're family operated, and we can make decisions quickly," Unanue told Hispanic Executive in 2017. "We know who is coming, where they are coming from, and what products will allow us to make a connection with them. It works because we have the infrastructure, quality, and authenticity."

Goya Foods did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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