President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning, calling on his supporters to boycott Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. after a report was circulated that banned employees from wearing clothing with messages such as “MAGA” or “Blue Lives Matter.
“Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They have announced a ban on maga hats. Get better tyres for far less! (This is what the radical left-wing Democrats are doing. Two can play the same game, and we must start now!) “, Twitted by Donald Trump.
The tweet comes after WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas, reported on Tuesday that an employee at a Goodyear plant sent the news channel a photo of a slide from a company training presentation showing a zero-tolerance policy for certain types of clothing.
#New: @realDonaldTrump defends calls to boycott Goodyear Tires after MAGA zero tolerance policy. Says if workers lose their jobs, they will be able to “get another good job.”pic.twitter.com/nHVFArwObM
— Marty Golingan (@mgolingan1) August 19, 2020
Goodyear posted a statement on Twitter stating that corporate headquarters did not create the slide in question. The company also said it made a distinction between employees who support racial and ethnic justice and those who support a political campaign, candidate or party.
Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS. Get better tires for far less! (This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2020
Trump’s tweet triggered a firestorm in Ohio. Hours passed before the Ohio Republicans commented on the matter.
Republican Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, whose district includes part of Summit County, was the only Republican to respond directly to Trump’s call for a boycott.
“Aborting culture is wrong no matter who does it,” Gonzalez said. “Goodyear Tire is an excellent company in northeastern Ohio, and I’ll continue to buy their tires, but their corporate slide on acceptable speech was ridiculous. This is a stupid controversy, and honestly, we all have much more important things to do. ”
Yesterday, Goodyear became the focus of a conversation that created some misconceptions about our policies and our company. Goodyear has always wholeheartedly supported both equality and law enforcement and will continue to do so. pic.twitter.com/oO6jUg2rTR
— Goodyear (@goodyear) August 19, 2020
The Washington Post reported that Senator Rob Portman, who had received a 2017 Goodyear award for legislative support of U.S. manufacturing, should respect freedom of speech when making rules for its employees.
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