World Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue Lauds Trump as 'Real' and 'Legitimate' President at CPAC
Trump to Give First Big Speech Since Presidency at Conservative Conference in Florida
The former president will make his first major public appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, February 28.Trump will speak on Sunday afternoon, the final day of the conference, which will run from February 25 to February 28, the conference organizer confirmed to Newsweek on Saturday.
Robert Unanue, the chief executive officer at Goya Foods, Inc., continued to praiseand align himself with the former president's false voter fraud allegations during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday.
Although Trump's term in the White House ended with President's January 20 inauguration—after which point Trump continued to sow divisiveness and vehemently defend past actions amid a historic post-office impeachment trial—Unanue referred to him as "the real, the legitimate, and the still actual" chief of the executive branch while delivering Sunday's remarks.
Orlando Newspaper Says Conservative Icon William F. Buckley 'Would Weep' at CPAC Line Up
Former President Donald Trump is due to deliver the conservative conference's keynote address on Sunday.The Orlando Sentinel, the main newspaper for Orlando the Central Florida region, argued that traditional conservatives would be unhappy at the focus of the event, in particular citing National Review founder William F. Buckley.
The Goya Foods CEO has faced ongoing backlash for comments endorsing Trump over the past year.
"My biggest honor today is that, I think, we're going to be on the same stage as, in my opinion, the real, the legitimate, and the still actual president of the United States, Donald J. Trump," said Unanue, addressing a crowd of attendees at the morning's CPAC event in Orlando, Florida.
The CEO then reiterated unfounded claims related to illegitimate election proceedings, which Trump and his followers promoted after November's general contest. The claims are widely discredited.
"I received, I think, as many people I know, and many of you, unsolicited ballots," Unanue told CPAC attendees. "So, I mean, as a citizen of the United States, I think I'm allowed to vote once. Once. Not twice."
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Unanue emerged as a staunch Trump supporter last summer, when hethe former president during a visit to the White House. He was invited to witness Trump signing an Executive Order on the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative. Unanue's praise gave way to strong public and a movement to boycott Goya Foods products, as many pointed to Trump's record of racist remarks and policies targeting Latino communities.
Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks at CPAC around 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon, with a speech that is expected to touch on his political plans moving forward. After pushing unsubstantiated claims about fraud and election "rigging" in unsuccessful efforts to overturn his November loss to Biden, all the while refusing to concede, Trump became the only president ever impeached twice following the January 6 Capitol attack.
Members of the House of Representatives moved to impeach him for "incitement of insurrection," alleging his rhetoric surrounding the election emboldened rioters to storm the federal complex during a violent siege. Trump was acquitted of the charge during hisimpeachment trial earlier this month, and went on to suggest that he still intends to run for office during the 2024 election season in a statement issued later.
Fox and Friends Host Pete Hegseth Says the 10th Amendment Is Discussed by People in Diners
Hegseth's remarks, made at CPAC 2021, have been questioned by some commentators and come after those attending this year's convention were accused of "living in an alternate reality."Hegseth named the amendment—which hands all powers not expressly reserved for the federal government to the state—when listing 10 subjects people speak to him about.
Unanue garnered renewedfor his response to the Capitol riot and widespread condemnation it provoked. During an interview with Fox & Friends, the CEO suggests that "Big Media" and "Big Tech" want to "cancel" God, free speech and the nation's history.
Newsweek reached out to Goya Foods for comment, but did not receive a reply in time for publication.
Josh Hawley, Under Fire for Obstruction and Capitol Riot, Fails to Win Over CPAC .
A CPAC straw poll found that only 3 percent of attendees would choose Hawley as their 2024 presidential pick.While more moderate Republicans have sought to pull the party back towards the center, Hawley is among those seeking to capitalize on anger and confusion among Trump's base to position himself for a future presidential run.