As Faye Higbee reported earlier today, Goodyear Tires joined a seemingly growing list of companies that apparently feel discrimination against certain individuals or ideas is perfectly okay. An employee of the company leaked a training slide to the public which stated that MAGA attire, along with gear sporting “Blue Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter” are banned, while giving a green light to gear supporting the Marxist Black Lives Matter or the LGBT cause.
“More defund the police rhetoric. You cannot support the police at the #Topeka, #Kansas #GOODYEAR plant. It’s a sad world we are living in,” Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children said in a tweet highlighting the controversial slide.
“This is not an isolated incident. This is happening in your state, in your backyard,” the tweet added.
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President Trump was quick to respond to the blatantly discriminatory slide, telling America in a tweet that, “two can play the same game…” He also advocated a boycott of the company, taking a page from the radical left, which frequently calls for boycotts and cancellation of anyone who utters a conservative point of view in public.
“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!),” he said.
Response to his tweet was sharp, since Goodyear is an American company that employs a lot of people.
historically, the Republican nominee waits until October to pick a fight with an iconic Ohio company. but these are unprecedented times. https://t.co/Fc7O9Wt49S
— Eric Lach (@ericlach) August 19, 2020
Goodyear fired back, claiming the controversial slide was not created or distributed by their corporate office and said it was not part of a diversity training class. However, it stood by the ban stated on the slide.
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
“To be clear on our longstanding corporate policy, Goodyear has zero tolerance for any forms of harassment or discrimination,” the statement reportedly read. “To enable a workplace environment free of those, we 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,” the company further said.
If that’s the case, then, why would the company specifically condemn pro-police or pro-Trump statements while clearly expressing support for a Marxist organization that is now at the center of political violence across the country?
According to WIBW, the employee who brought the slide to the public’s attention said it was presented at the Topeka plant by an area manager and came from the corporate office out of Akron, Ohio.
“If someone wants to wear a BLM shirt in here, then cool. I’m not going to get offended about it. But at the same time, if someone’s not going to be able to wear something that is politically based, even in the farthest stretch of the imagination, that’s discriminatory,” the unnamed employee said. “If we’re talking about equality, then it needs to be equality. If not, it’s discrimination,” the employee told WIBW.
Trump addressed the call for a boycott on Wednesday:
This isn’t the first time that a corporation has taken discriminatory action against conservative, pro-Trump ideas. As Politico noted:
Liberal boycotts of companies with conservative ties have frequently irked Trump. The Trump campaign played up their support for Goya last month, after the food company drew heat from the left after the CEO praised Trump at a White House event.
In July 2019, Trump used similar rhetoric when defending his friend and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus.
“More and more the Radical Left is using Commerce to hurt their ‘Enemy.’ They put out the name of a store, brand or company, and ask their so-called followers not to do business there,” Trump wrote on Twitter at the time. “They don’t care who gets hurt, but also don’t understand that two can play that game!”
Here’s just a few examples we have documented at the Conservative Firing Line:
There are, of course, many other examples, but the point is that the precedent has already been set. The real problem for the left is that Trump is a man who — unlike so many other Republicans — actually fights back.
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