The CEO of a nationwide spice retail chain has accused people who voted for President-elect Donald Trump of committing “the biggest act of racism in American history since Wallace stood in the schoolhouse doorway 53 years ago.”
Penzeys Spices CEO Bill Penzey is facing backlash for comments he made in an email newsletter to customers last week, the Milwaukee Business Journal reported.
“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,” he wrote.
Mr. Penzey stood firm by his statement in a Facebook post Thursday but admitted that not all Republicans are racist.
Mr. Penzey suggested that Mr. Trump’s supporters redeem themselves by volunteering this Thanksgiving or making a donation to the American Civil Liberties Union or Southern Poverty Law Center.
Milwaukee County Sheriff and outspoken black conservative David Clarke also weighed in on the controversy, tweeting: “This typical hate-filled white elitist lefty doesn’t live around black people or have stores in black neighborhoods,” the Milwaukee Business Journal reported.