It’s been anything but a good year for Donald Trump.
Perhaps that naggingly unavoidable fact played some unconscious part in his decision to attack Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company on his Twitter feed this morning after the venerable, all-American Akron, Ohio-based tire manufacturer banned political campaigning in their workplace, including the wearing of the polarizing red baseball caps with “Make America Great Again” emblazoned on them.
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
With Ohio being a swing state that Trump won by eight points in 2016 — but where he now trails Joe Biden by two to four points in recent polls — alienating Ohio voters with a boycott of one of the state’s major employers may not be the best campaign strategy for Trump.
However, following a tendency of right-wing antagonists to undermine their own interests in an effort to “own the libtards,” Trump’s call for a Goodyear boycott fits right in with his branding as the voice of the “oppressed” white male.
Trump’s boycott call was likely inspired by the success that progressive activists have had in their calls for boycotts of advertisers on Fox News which has seen several major sponsors withdraw their ad dollars from the prime time shows of Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.
The online response to Trump’s tweet was predictably passionate and partisan with negative comments regarding the Chinese origin of the president’s signature MAGA hats being a frequent target of his critics.
This is another illegal Tweet from the President. He's single-handedly attacking a US company because they don't "Heil" him.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) August 19, 2020
I'm buyin' @goodyear!
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) August 19, 2020
(Liberals mad dash to Goodyear Tires in 3…2…)
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 19, 2020
Don't know… but @AnnCoulter book sales do seem way down.
— Jake Schaible (@JJSchaible) August 19, 2020
— mark franklin rossow (@rossow_mark) August 19, 2020
Mr. Trump doesn't care for John #Mccain, Harriet Tubman, Goodyear, the Postal Service or our soldiers' lives in Afghanistan. At least he likes Putin (the feeling is mutual). @MalcolmNance @SenDuckworth @EvanMcMullin @secupp @wkamaubell @JuliaDavisNews
— Jeffrey W. Smith (@barrikoi1) August 19, 2020
The typical response would be for liberals to buy a bunch of Goodyear Tires and conservatives to start posting videos about them slashing expensive tires to show soldarity with Trump. What a waste of money, resources, and the environment. Just stop this madness once and for all.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 19, 2020
the absolute pettiest bitch who has ever breathed air, it's fucking amazing, dude rolls onto twitter and attacks the only major american tire manufacturer, that is headquartered in and employees a lot of people in ohio, a state he has to win to even have a shot https://t.co/0KNQR8ubC6
— pja (@PJAxemurderer) August 19, 2020
Judging from the reactions to the president’s tweet, Goodyear may want to expand their manufacturing capacity for the next few months as they are likely to see an explosion of sales due to progressive anger with Trump and his failed presidency.
Pardon the pun, but this is getting tiring,
Of course, the best way to express your anger towards Donald Trump is to make sure that you are registered to vote, cast your ballot to eject him from the White House, and make sure that your family, friends, and neighbors do the same.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.