I don’t understand why some people claim that product boycotts are an attempt to silence free speech. After all, the Citizens United decision clearly established that money was free speech (especially it is money given to politicians for their campaigns!). So isn’t my choice of what products to buy also free speech?
Which brings us to Goya Foods, whose CEO effusively praised Donald Trump in a ceremony at The White House (emphasis on “white”), saying “We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump.”
Calls for a boycott of Goya exploded on Twitter. I guess some people haven’t forgotten that Trump opened his campaign by calling Latinos “rapists”, said an American judge couldn’t do his job because he’s “Mexican”, who continues to ignore and insult Puerto Rico, and is currently trying to deport dreamers and kick college students from outside the US out of the country.
I guess I should not be surprised that Ted Cruz (never a paragon of consistency) condemned the Goya boycott. Cruz somehow forgot that just a year ago, he called for a boycott of Nike for supporting NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. For Cruz, perhaps it is only free speech if it benefits Republicans.
And let’s not forget that Goya profits by selling products that are full of sodium and preservatives. So boycotting them is simply a healthy choice.