President Donald Trump bizarrely attacked an iconic American manufacturer yesterday, calling for a boycott of its tires.
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, however, is wrong. PBS reports:
“[T]he company didn’t announce such a specific ban, only said it had asked employees to refrain from workplace expressions involving political campaigning or’“forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of racial justice and equity issues issues . . .’
Trump’s tweet followed a report from WIBW television station in Topeka, Kansas, based on an anonymous Goodyear employee’s screenshot that listed Black Lives Matter and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride messages as acceptable while politically affiliated slogans and material, including ‘MAGA Attire’ and ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ were listed as unacceptable. The screenshot was described in the report as part of the company’s diversity training.
But Goodyear responded to Trump with a tweet of its own, saying that the company was 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.’
The company said the screenshot was not created or distributed by the company’s corporate offices or part of a diversity training class. However, it also stressed that it does ask its workers to ‘refrain from workplace expressions in support of political campaigning for any candidate or political party, as well as similar forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of racial justice and equity issues.'”
The call for a Goodyear boycott could be troublesome for Trump’s reelection chances. Ohio is a pivotal state in presidential elections. And Goodyear has a long history in the state, dating back over 100 years. Its headquarters is in Akron and it employs workers in highly prized manufacturing jobs. It will be a tough sell for Trump to claim that he wants to rebuild American manufacturing while calling for a boycott of a company with seven plants in the U.S.
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