Donald Trump doubled down on his family’s beans endorsement, even though it’s likely a federal ethics violation.
The president posted a photo promoting Goya on Instagram on Wednesday. In the photo, he gives two thumbs-up over a selection of Goya products in the Oval Office. The photo is not captioned and does not acknowledge the ethical controversy the Trump family caused by promoting the company.
The president’s daughter may have also violated federal ethics laws by posing with a can of Goya beans and captioning it with the company’s slogan on Tuesday. Federal officials like Ivanka Trump, who serves as senior advisor to her father, are forbidden from using their positions to promote products.
Goya’s CEO, Robert Unanue, is an ardent Trump supporter and caused an uproar in the Hispanic community when he told a press conference that the country is “truly blessed… to have a leader like President Trump.” While Goya products are a staple in many Hispanic households, many consumers are boycotting Goya after Unanue’s statement, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Trump, doing what the Trumps do best, doubled down on his support.
“The Radical Left smear machine backfired, people are buying like crazy!” he tweeted on Wednesday. He did not back up with the claim with actual evidence that Goya sales were up.
Other Twitter users pointed out that Trump’s latest stunt only distracts from the real issues the country is facing, like the worsening COVID-19 pandemic and the extreme police violence that protestors for Black Lives Matter continue to face.
But obviously beans are more important!