AKRON, Ohio (WJW) — Some Ohio lawmakers are speaking out against President Trump’s tweet calling for the boycott of Goodyear, which is based in Akron.
He posted on his Twitter account Wednesday that the company has a ban on “Make America Great Again” hats and encouraged his followers to shop elsewhere.
Goodyear issued a statement on the misconceptions and said employees are asked not to engage in any kind of political campaigning in the workplace, in order to create an inclusive and respectful environment.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown came to the company’s defense in a post on Twitter.
As did U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan and Marcia Fudge who shared similar sentiments.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman issued the following statement to FOX 8:
“I believe private companies are free to set their own guidelines, but I would hope they would do it fairly and objectively, with respect for free speech.”
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also weighed in on Trump’s tweet.
“Goodyear employs thousands of American workers, including in Ohio where it is headquartered. To President Trump, those workers and their jobs aren’t a source of pride, just collateral damage in yet another one of his political attacks.
President Trump doesn’t have a clue about the dignity and worth that comes with good-paying union jobs at places like Goodyear — jobs that can support a family and sustain a community. And even after 170,000 have died due to his mismanaged response to this pandemic, President Trump still keeps taking his eyes off the ball, getting distracted by petty political grievances instead of doing his job and stopping the virus.
Here’s the deal: when I’m President, we’re going to make made-in-America real again. We’re going to stand up to unfair competition, just like we did with Chinese tires in the Obama-Biden Administration, and we’re going to make major investments in American manufacturing and innovation so our factories and our workers can outcompete the world for generations to come.”
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