Donald Trump, the President of the United States, called on Americans to stop buying tires from Goodyear in response to the company’s prohibition of workers from wearing “MAGA” hats or merchandise.
The firm’s policies allow workers wearing “BLM” and “LGBT+ Pride” items. Additionally, “All Lives Matter”, “MAGA” attire, “Blue Lives Matter” and more” political” slogans are considered as unacceptable.
As a consequence, President published a tweet: “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!).”
However, the actual story is a bit different.
The issue appeared as a result of WIBW (a NBC – affiliated media outlet) publishing a picture said to be the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation slide which explained Goodyear’s “zero tolerance” policy to its workers. The employee who sent the picture to WIBW considered it to have discriminatory elements. According to the published information, that slide was taken from a diversity training session that took place in Topeka, Kansas, at one of the Goodyear company’s plants.
There, “acceptable” and “unacceptable” items were placed into two columns. LGBT+ and Black Lives Matter symbols were marked as “acceptable”, while the MAGA phrase was included in the “unacceptable” list.
Some time later, Goodyear’s officials stated the slide was not created by the company or used as the training session material.
Nevertheless, the audio recording from the session later appeared on the internet. In it, the unknown speaker explains Goodyear’s policy to allow “racial justice and equity issues” for demonstration of solidarity, but at the same time to ban any specific political party’s materials.