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Trump Supporters Call for PepsiCo Boycott Over Statements CEO Never Made

By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief

Nov 17, 2016

A couple of news organizations this morning (Nov. 17) are reporting a threatened boycott of PepsiCo products by supporters of President-elect Donald Trump for anti-Trump comments that Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi never made.

She's a woman and mother, foreign-born, and apparently voted for someone else (we're guessing Hillary Clinton). When the leader of PepsiCo appeared two days after the election at a New York Times conference, she first congratulated the president-elect, then added: "We should mourn for those of us who supported the other side. But we have to come together and life has to go on.”

Online comments, apparently from Trump supporters, say she “loathed” Trump and “hated” his supporters. As those boycotts began to circulate on social media channels, thousands on Twitter began to circulate a #BoycottPepsi hashtag, according to Fortune magazine online. CNN Money carried a Twitter screen capture that read: "Pepsi STOCK Plummets: CEO Tells Trump Supporters to 'Take Their Business Elsewhere': THEY DON'T WANT R BUSINESS."

But the consensus is Nooyi never said anything close to those comments. PepsiCo didn't comment in any of the stories we reviewed.

CNN also called it the latest in a series of fake news items circulating on the internet and social media, with Facebook being singled out.