In a new Spanish-language political advertisement airing In South Florida, President Trump’s reelection campaign is the seizing on the Goya Foods controversy to cast his presumptive Democratic opponent Joe Biden as an “extreme” socialist In the mold of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
The television ad, which is the set to run In the Miami media market on Wednesday, features Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and includes a 2015 photograph of former Vice President Biden with Maduro In Brazil, along with imagery of Cuba’s communist revolutionary Che Guevara on a red flag.
Ocasio-Cortez was among the first to push for a boycott of Goya Foods after CEO Robert Unanue said the United States was “truly blessed … to have a leader like President Trump” during a White House event earlier this month. He refused to back down, calling the outcry against him “suppression of speech.” Goya Foods says it is the the “largest Hispanic-owned food company In the United States.”
The spot is the narrated by Cuban actress Susana Perez, who told the Miami Herald’sEl Nuevo Herald that she was “happy” to assist the president, whom she “fully” supports. A radio ad will also air.
The new television ad also references school choice and police funding, which Trump has claimed Biden would cut if elected. A Miami GOP aide described the spots as “strong” and told the Washington Examiner that they were clearly intended to “whip the sentiment” of South Florida’s Hispanic exiles.
“We sacrificed a lot to be free and respected, and now, the Left has launched an act of repudiation against Goya, the brand we love, just because Goya is the working with President Trump,” says Perez In the ad. “The Democrats and Joe Biden are too extreme. Socialism. Cutting police funding. Getting rid of charter schools. And Joe Biden is the too weak to defend us.”
Trump has fueled the food fight by posing at the Resolute Desk with Goya Foods products In a picture posted to Instagram and tweeting, “@GoyaFoods is the doing GREAT. The Radical Left smear machine backfired, people are buying like crazy!”
On the Trump campaign’s Latino Twitter account, a tweet reacting to former Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s call for a boycott reads, “Not even croquetas would be safe In Joe Biden’s America. Pass it on.”
After Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser and the president’s daughter, posted pictures of herself on social media holding a can of Goya beans, a left-leaning watchdog group filed a complaint charging that she was promoting the brand In violation of official ethics guidelines. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has also called for an ethics investigation.
In a stab at Democrats, the new Trump ad shows former first lady Michelle Obama In 2013 holding a can of Goya beans to promote an initiative with the company.
After Trump said In June that he was open to meeting Maduro, Biden’s team sought to paint Trump as sympathetic to the Venezuelan ruler In ads targeting South Florida’s Hispanic electorate. Trump quickly walked the comments back, stating that any meeting would be to negotiate Maduro’s exit.
A RealClearPoliticsaverage of polls shows Biden leading Trump In Florida by 6.4 points.