Maple Leaf Foods CEO Lashes Out At Washington After His Colleague's Wife & Son Were Killed
#BoycottMapleLeafsFood is now trending on Twitter.
It seems like the CEO of Maple Leaf Foods had some things to get off his chest Sunday night. The company is under fire after a bunch of tweets that appeared to be aimed at U.S. President Donald Trump surfaced on the company's official Twitter account. Maple Leaf Foods' CEO Michael McCain referred to Trump as "the narcissist in Washington", and now #BoycottMapleLeafFoods is trending on Twitter.
McCain released a thread of tweets on Sunday night, which he claimed were sparked after he discovered that his colleague's wife and 11-year-old son were among those in the and 176 people in total.
The CEO identified himself in the tweets and said that they were "personal reflections," although they were posted on the company account.
"I'm Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, and these are personal reflections," says the first of several tweets.
"I am very angry, and time isn't making me less angry. An MLF colleague of mine lost his wife and family this week to a needless, irresponsible series of events in Iran..."
According to the National Post, McCain knew the colleague personally and asked his staff to send out those tweets on the company's account.
His spokesperson, Janet Riley, said that after careful consideration from the CEO, "he asked us to post it and we did."
After he establishes that his colleague lost his family, McCain appears to call out Donald Trump for escalating tensions in the Middle East.*
He also commented that Washington's actions were useless: "Taking out despicable military leader terrorist? There are hundreds like him, standing next in line."
"The collateral damage of this irresponsible, dangerous, ill-conceived behavior? 63 Canadians needlessly lost their lives," says the tweet.
they mistakenly shot down the Boeing 737 after their top general, General Qassem Soleimani, was killed by the U.S.
Now, after the statement by McCain was released, a #BoycottMapleLeafFoods hashtag has been trending across Twitter.
While some users are wishing to boycott Maple Leaf Foods for their opinion on Trump's actions, it appears that a majority of others are also standing with McCain for speaking out.
"How rare for someone like this to take such a risk to speak out," one Twitter user wrote in support of McCain's statement. "I will NOT #BoycottMapleLeafFoods."
"Reduces the size of bacon packages from 500g to 350g, but keeps the 500g price, now says Trump to blame for Iran shooting a plane down. Both unacceptable. #BoycottMapleLeafFoods" wrote another user who was against McCain's statement.
Narcity reached out to Maple Leaf Foods about the statement and the fury brewing on Twitter, but the company said, "Michael would prefer to let the messages in his tweets speak for themselves. He felt the tragedy warranted his response. We hope you understand."*
Justin Trudeau hasto mourn the loss of the victims. He also .
*Article updated to include a statement from Maple Leaf Foods.