Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was named “employee of the month” at Goya Foods after sales spiked following her calls to boycott the company’s products, CEO Robert Unanue said Monday.
“When she boycotted us, our sales actually increased 1,000 percent,” Robert Unanue said on the “Michael Berry Show.”
“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.”
Unanue said the New York Democrat’s comments allowed the company to expand its reach to “so many new people,” while holding onto its base of customers.
Ocasio-Cortez called for a boycott after Unanue praised President Trump at a White House event in July.
“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” Unanue said after the president signed an executive order on the “White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative.”
His comments were too much for Ocasio-Cortez.
“Oh look, it’s the sound of me Googling ‘how to make your own Adobo,’” tweeted AOC, who is of Puerto Rican descent, referring to one of Goya’s popular seasonings.
“Get yourself friends like these: this tweet wasn’t up for TWO MINUTES when my friend hit me up with the recipe. (Their note: ‘the ginger is controversial, but worth it’),” she added, retweeting a friend’s adobo recipe.
Unanue said on the radio show that it’s “interesting” to see Ocasio-Cortez calling to boycott Goya and “go against her own people … to go against people of her own Latin culture.”
“To some extent I can understand AOC. She’s young, she’s naive, she doesn’t get it. But you’ve got someone like [Senator Bernie] Sanders, who’s older than us … other than me, who still doesn’t get it,” he continued.