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'They are killing our nation': Goya Foods CEO slams boycott of his brand and says protesters are the same people who are tearing down statues of Jesus Christ as he doubles down on Trump support

Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue has doubled down on his support for Donald Trump saying 'we are with the president' and blasting protesters for 'killing our nation' amid the growing boycott of his family brand. 
Unanue showered more praise on Trump in an interview with Fox News Friday, just one day after he spoke at an event in the White House Rose Garden where he told Americans they were 'truly blessed' to have a leader like him. 
His comments sparked an instant backlash on social media and from some major political names including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Julian Castro, with calls mounting for a boycott of the popular food brand. 
'We are with the president. We’re with this country, you know, right, left, center, up and down,' Unanue told Fox News Friday.
Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue has doubled down on his support for Donald Trump saying 'we are with the president' and blasting protesters for 'killing our nation' amid the growing boycott of his family brand
Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue has doubled down on his support for Donald Trump saying 'we are with the president' and blasting protesters for 'killing our nation' amid the growing boycott of his family brand
The businessman brushed off the boycott as 'a reflection of the division' in America and made several thinly-veiled attacks on protesters for 'tearing down statues of Jesus Christ' and spreading 'hate'. 
'So many people are against the boycott and for our company, so it's just a reflection, I believe, of the division that exists in this country,' he said. 
'I don't know who to attribute this quote to but we live by the philosophy that there are those who are born to love and to build and others to hate and destroy. 

'And unfortunately this great divide is killing our nation.'
He added: 'We're tearing down statues of Jesus Christ', which appears to be in reference to the lone calls from controversial social justice warrior Shaun King for 'white European' Jesus statues to be torn down made - calls that have never materialised.
Unanue, who is also the grandson of the Goya Food founders, said his company 'choose[s] to love and to build' and is focused on 'prosperity, building and giving back'.   
Unanue showered more praise on Trump in an interview with Fox News Friday (pictured) and brushed off the boycott as 'a reflection of the division' in America. He also made several thinly-veiled attacks on protesters for 'tearing down statues of Jesus Christ' and spreading 'hate'
Unanue showered more praise on Trump in an interview with Fox News Friday (pictured) and brushed off the boycott as 'a reflection of the division' in America. He also made several thinly-veiled attacks on protesters for 'tearing down statues of Jesus Christ' and spreading 'hate'
He also referenced President Abraham Lincoln's famous quote - 'a house divided against itself cannot stand' - and warned that the US is currently at a tipping point of 'great destruction'. 
'This can be the great destruction of our nation - we are at that point and we need to continue to love and to build, to make a difference and to give back to our neighbors,' he said.  
Unanue went on to throw his support behind Trump's 'Hispanic Prosperity Initiative' which he announced at the Rose Garden event Thursday.  
'What the president is looking to do is to bring in Hispanic leaders and look at how we can continue to contribute to the prosperity of this nation,' he said. 
'Hispanics open more businesses at three times the rate than others... so Hispanic prosperity means US prosperity.'  
Unanue spoke at an event in the White House Rose Garden Thursday (above) where he told Americans they were 'truly blessed' to have a leader like Trump
Unanue spoke at an event in the White House Rose Garden Thursday (above) where he told Americans they were 'truly blessed' to have a leader like Trump
His comments sparked an instant backlash on social media, with calls mounting for a boycott of the popular food brand
His comments sparked an instant backlash on social media, with calls mounting for a boycott of the popular food brand
Unanue's latest show of support for Trump comes after he faced a backlash for praising the president at the White House event announcing the initiative Thursday. 
'We are all truly blessed, at the same time, to have have a leader like President Trump who is a builder,' Unanue said standing at a podium beside Trump.
Almost immediately, #BoycottGoya, #GoyaFoods and #Goyaway began trending on social media platforms.
Several big political names weighed in on the debate, citing Trump's history of derogatory comments and harsh policies toward Hispanics, most notably, the administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the US-Mexico border.
Ocasio-Cortez of New York said she would learn to make from scratch some of the Latin cuisine that Goya makes, while former presidential candidate Castro blasted Unanue for 'praising a president who villainizes and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain'.  
Twitter outrage: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Julian Castro were among those attacking Goya
Twitter outrage: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Julian Castro were among those attacking Goya
Trump hit back Friday, posting an 'I love Goya' message on social media. 
Goya was founded in Manhattan in 1936 by Don Prudencio Unanue and his wife Carolina, immigrants from Spain. 
The company calls itself the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States and remains in family control, with an estimated value of $3 billion and is now based in New Jersey.  
Unanue, a registered Republican, has never publicly been a Trump supporter. 
He donated $6,000 to the Republican Party last year in the form of support for the Republican National Committee and its Winred generic fundraising arm.
Previously he has been a small-scale donor to Chris Christie and Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, but also to New Jersey Democratic senator Robert Menendez.

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