Goya Foods CEO Bob Unanue said the state and the country essentially are under martial law — and that people need to be allowed to go back to work to solve the economic crisis.
Unanue, speaking Friday morning on “Fox and Friends,” said he was not a fan of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday night.
“It’s typical politics to throw money at a problem,” he said. “A $600 check? A $1,200 or a $1,400 check? People are out of work for a year. That’s $2,000 combined, that doesn’t do anything. Trillions of dollars, where does all that money go?
“We’ve got to get back to work. We can’t shut down. We need to work.”
The remarks were not surprising. Unanue has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and his economic policies throughout the pandemic.
A July event at the White House drew the ire of many in the Hispanic community — with some calling for a boycott of Goya products — and put him in the spotlight. The call for a boycott actually led to an increase in revenue for the company. And it certainly did not stop Unanue from continuing to speak his mind.
On Friday, he said the shutdown was politically motivated and compared it to martial law.
“The problem is, it’s a political year and they weaponized coronavirus,” he said.
“They essentially declared martial law, shutting everything down. It’s the worst thing we could have done, just for political gain. I think it’s criminal. I think it’s immoral to shut down this economy for political reasons.”
Unanue said the country needs to reunite — and do so with religion playing a prominent role.
“We’re one nation under God,” he said. “We’re not one nation under Twitter. We’re not one nation under big media or under central government. We’re trying to have media, big tech (and) government control our lives. We need to not move away from God, we need to move closer to God. They want to cancel God, they want to cancel our speech. They want to cancel our culture, our history, our liberty. They want to control us. The few controlling the many, like a bunch of sheep.
“None of these people care about us. We cannot move away from God. We need to love and to build, not hate and destroy. Some of us want to be one nation, indivisible; you can’t be indivisible without God. We have to pray; we have to have hope. And we have to move closer to God. Otherwise, it’s not a pretty picture.”
Unanue said the stimulus plan will not do the trick.
“It’s just so much baloney that we’re just throwing money at this,” he said. “It’s ridiculous. Let the politicians do their stuff. But let us get back to work, please.”