Penzey’s Spices CEO: Trump Voters Must Be Punished for “Committing Biggest Act of Racism” (Updated)
The CEO of Penzey’s Spices is the latest corporate leader to lash out at Trump voters.
Last Tuesday CEO Bill Penzey Jr. lashed out at Republicans in his weekly email:
“The open embrace of racism by the Republican Party in this election is now unleashing a wave of ugliness unseen in this country for decades. The American people are taking notice. Let’s commit to giving the people a better choice. Our kindness really is our strength.
But after Donald Trump’s historic victory Penzey Jr. UNLOADED on Republicans and Trump voters.
Jim Pensley says Trump supporters voted for an “openly racist candidate.” These voters now must be punished and ridiculed. Pensey then accused Trump supporters of committing the biggest act of racism in in American history since Wallace stood in the schoolhouse doorway 53 years ago.
From Pensey’s Spices weekly email:
You just voted for an openly racist candidate for the presidency of the United States of America. In your defense, most of you did so without thinking of the consequences of your candidate’s racism, because for most of you the heartbreaking destruction racism causes has never been anything you or your loved ones have had to experience. But the thing is elections have their consequences. This is no longer sixty years ago. Whether any of us like it or not, for the next four years the 80% of this country who did not just vote for an openly racist candidate are going to treat you like you are the kind of person who would vote for an openly racist candidate.
You can get angry at everyone else for treating you like you just did the thing you just did, or you can take responsibility for your actions and begin to make amends. If you are lucky and younger family members are still coming over for Thanksgiving, before it’s too late, take a moment and honestly think about how your actions must look through their eyes. Simply saying “I never thought he’d win” might be enough. But if you have the means, leaving a receipt from a sizable donation to the ACLU or the SPLC accidentally laying around where you carve the turkey, might go over even better.
Or, just do what you do best and volunteer. Through our customers’ support, we’ve given away a lot of our Penzeys Pepper, the Pepper with heart. More often than not, those we meet cooking and serving food to feed those in need are Republicans. You really are a good bunch, but you just committed the biggest act of racism in American history since Wallace stood in the schoolhouse doorway 53 years ago. Make this right. Take ownership for what you have done and begin the pathway forward.
Thanks for reading,
Penzey says only 20% of Americans support Trump.
He might be in for a surprise.
What an offensive ass.