Insurance Company Faces Boycott Calls over CEO's Kamala Harris Facebook Post

A major insurance company in Louisiana is facing boycott calls after its CEO used a sexist and derogatory term to describe Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Facebook

Greg Tramontin, head of GoAuto Insurance, has apologized after writing about how Donald Trump was "doing it for all the right reasons" and "loved his country" before referring to Harris and President-elect Joe Biden as "power hungry Joe and the hoe."

The phrase "Joe and the hoe" was used by the right to attack Harris during the election campaign.

Baton Rouge community activist Gary Chambers has urged a boycott of Tramontin's business.

"Greg benefits from many Black women who currently have auto insurance with his company," Chambers wrote on Facebook while sharing a screenshot of Tramontin's original post.

"I think that every one of the women who support his company and family by purchasing auto insurance should know this is how he thinks and speaks about Black women.

"White men in power struggle to respect anyone else but other white men in power. They can't grasp that anyone else is competent enough to lead. Greg and his business should feel this," Chambers added.

"There should be Black men and women calling to cancel their insurance policies and going where they won't be called a hoe when they reach the second highest office in America."

In a statement addressing the comments, Tramontin said: "Last week I was involved in a Facebook discussion about the 2020 presidential election and I posted something in jest 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 something to express?

"I have to be honest that I was caught up in the deep political divide and the toxic rhetoric that this country has been living in for the past several years. My words were hurtful. I sincerely apologize. This is my wake-up call."

Tramontin, known locally as "Greg the GoAuto Guy" for his appearances in company commercials, has also deleted his Facebook profile and the GoAuto social media accounts.

Eugene Collins, president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP, said it was "extremely troubling" that these sorts of comments could be made about an incoming vice president in 2020.

"If you can refer to the vice president-elect of the United States in that way, imagine what he says about just everyday folks, so that comes to mind," Collins told WAFB. "It represents the things that have been said by some white men in this country over time about Black women for a number of years."

Tramontin's attorney Tony Clayton has been contacted for comment.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivers remarks at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 10, 2020. ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty