DeWine And Other Ohio Leaders Respond To Trump's Call To Boycott Goodyear

Aug 20, 2020


A tweet from President Trump calling for a boycott of Akron-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber is drawing the ire of Ohio Democrats.   

Trump claims the tire maker is banning Make America Great Again hats, but allowing Black Lives Matter paraphernalia. Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan accused the president of trying to wreck the local economy. Other Ohio Democrats call the president's actions "despicable."  Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Several state leaders from the Democratic party slammed Trump's tweet urging people to boycott the Akron-based company.

 The tweet said Goodyear has a "Ban On MAGA" hats…shorthand for the president's slogan "Make America Great Again."   


Trump was responding to a news report that said Goodyear bars political attire from the workplace. 


Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown called Trump's tweet incredulous.


"That he should call for a boycott of an American company that's not broken any laws, that apparently has offended the president's sensibilities. They can't wear Donald Trump "MAGA" hats but they can't wear Joe Biden t-shirts, apparently, either." 


State Republican leaders did not respond to a request for comment. 




But Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has responded to the tweet this way:



Goodyear says it doesn't want workers promoting any political campaign outside the scope of racial justice and equity issues.