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Ohio politicians react to Trump's call to boycott Goodyear

City of Akron pulls no punches
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Posted at 1:40 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 13:58:14-04

AKRON, Ohio — Ohio politicians and the City of Akron came to the defense of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company after President Donald Trump called for the public to boycott Akron’s fourth-largest employer.

Trump's tweet calling for a boycott came after an image circulated of a policy asking employees not to wear any political attire, including MAGA gear, to the workplace.

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Slide of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Zero tolerance policy.

Trump tweeted: “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!).”

On Wednesday, Goodyear tire released a statement addressing the misconceptions about its policies and company. The company said the widely circulated image was not part of any diversity training class.

"We ask 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."

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called Trump’s response "despicable."

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH 13th District) joined in on the conversation with a statement on Twitter.

State Rep. Emila Sykes said the president should "stand down."

And the City of Akron weighed in as well. In a tweet that went beyond the normally sedate proclamations issued by cities on social media, the city said it stands with Goodyear.

The City of Akron then ventured into the president's mentions, and they brought an old LeBron GIF with them, saying the president is "coming to destroy the American economy and heartland jobs."

Gov. Mike DeWine has yet to comment.

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