President Donald Trump called for a Goodyear Tire boycott after the rubber company banned “Blue Lives Matter,” “All Lives Matter,” and “MAGA” attire at its stores.
“Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES – They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “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!).”
In a photo posted on Twitter, claiming to be taken from an alleged company diversity training program, the policy stated any pro-police and pro-Trump slogans should be banned from company stores. A list of “acceptable” expressions in the workplace included any “Black Lives Matter (BLM),” or “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)” messaging. An anonymous employee leaked the training slide from Topeka, Kansas, local outlet WIBW reported, and said the training came from the corporate offices in Akron, Ohio.
Goodyear released a statement Wednesday, denying that corporate headquarters created or distributed the slide as part of a diversity training program.
“The visual in question was not created or distributed by Goodyear corporate, nor was it part of a diversity training class,” the company said.
Goodyear said they “ask that associates 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,” which seems to imply that some political expressions are deemed acceptable while others are not.
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
Trump has called for public boycotts of companies before, including AT&T to protest CNN reporting.
The photo from Goodyear’s sensitivity training sparked immediate scrutiny on Twitter from users calling out the company’s discrimination.
— Doug Collins (@CollinsforGA) August 19, 2020
How the hell is this not considered some kind of discrimination? https://t.co/YaOXRHMWG7
— Errol Webber (@ErrolWebber) August 19, 2020
Goodyear bans blue lives matter and all lives matter messages while allowing BLM and LGBT. We need to get #BoycottGoodyear trending. They need to overturn this discriminatory police, apologize for it, and apologize for their support of a violent Marxist organization. pic.twitter.com/MYfnbvsEPo
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 19, 2020