A major insurance company in Louisiana faces boycott calls after its CEO used a sexist and derogatory term on Facebook to describe Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris
Greg Tramontin, head of GoAuto insurance, apologized after writing about how Donald Trump “did it for the right reasons” and “loved his country” before describing Harris and President-elect Joe Biden as “power-hungry Joe and the hoe”.
The expression “Joe and the Hoe” was used by the right to attack Harris during the election campaign.
Baton Rouge community activist Gary Chambers has called for a boycott of Tramontin’s businesses.
“Greg benefits from many black women who currently have car insurance with his company,” Chambers wrote on Facebook while sharing a screenshot of Tramontin’s original posting.
“I think any of the women who support his company and family by taking out car insurance should know that this is how he thinks and talks about black women.
“White men in power struggle to respect everyone other than other white men in power. They cannot understand that everyone else is competent enough to lead. Greg and his company should feel this,” Chambers added.
“There should be black men and women who cancel their insurance policies and go where they are not called a hoe when they reach the second highest office in America.
In a statement commenting on the comments, Tramontin said: “Last week I was involved in a Facebook discussion about the 2020 presidential election and jokingly posted something about Vice President-elect Kamala Harris that was obviously inappropriate,” he wrote according to local television station WAFB.
“But now I ask myself, why? Why did I think for even a second that this was meant to express something?
“I have to be honest that I was caught up in the deep political divide and poisonous rhetoric in which this country has been living in recent years. My words were hurtful. I sincerely apologize. This is my wake-up call”.
Tramontin, known as “Greg the GoAuto guy” because of his appearances in corporate advertising, has also deleted his Facebook profile and GoAuto’s social media accounts.
Eugene Collins, president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP, said it was “extremely disturbing” that this kind of commentary could be made about a new vice president in 2020.
“If you can refer to the vice president-elect of the United States in this way, imagine what he says about ordinary people so that it comes to mind,” Collins told WAFB. “He represents the things that some white men in this country have been saying over time about black women for the past several years.
Tramontin’s lawyer, Tony Clayton, was asked to comment….