President Donald Trump lashed out at automotive giant Goodyear after the company reportedly announced a “zero tolerance” policy for MAGA gear.
“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!),” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. (RELATED: ‘What War Has Trump Started?’: Greg Gutfeld Challenges Juan Williams To Name Just One)
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
The president was responding to reports that circulated after a leaked training slide showed Goodyear’s “zero tolerance policy” — which apparently applied to any show of support for Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter or President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) slogan.
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) August 19, 2020
According to that same policy, support for LGBTQ issues and the Black Lives Matter movement were reportedly acceptable in the workplace.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company did not respond directly to questions from Topeka’s WIBW about the leaked slide, but spokesperson Melissa Monaco released a general statement on diversity in the workplace:
Goodyear is committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful workplace where all of our associates can do their best in a spirit of teamwork. As part of this commitment, we do allow our associates to express their support on racial injustice and other equity issues but ask that they refrain from workplace expressions, verbal or otherwise, in support of political campaigning for any candidate or political party as well as other similar forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of equity issues.
Goodyear, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, is one of only two American tire companies to rank in the top 15 worldwide. It ranks third behind Bridgestone (Japan) and Michelin (France). Coopertires, headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, ranks 13th.