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The mayor of Akron, Ohio publicly scorches Trump for his boycott against Goodyear tires

The mayor of Akron, Ohio publicly scorches Trump for his boycott against Goodyear tires

Desperately seeking any kind of distraction from his tanking poll numbers, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Republican Party’s refusal to pass any kind of relief for the 40 million or so Americans facing eviction on September 1st, President Trump has drummed up yet another imaginary culture war scandal to get his base all riled up over.

But it appears he may have shot himself in the foot on this one, hoisted by a petard of reckless impulsivity and his unrepentant refusal to consider the consequences of his actions. He certainly should have perhaps consulted his campaign staff before declaring a MAGA fatwa against the Goodyear tire company over company policies that banned overtly political clothing while at work.

The Goodyear tire company, based in the key swing state of Ohio, is an iconic symbol of America’s once-great manufacturing industry and a current employer of 3,000 American workers. Trump very narrowly carried the state of Ohio in the 2016 election, and it would behoove him to not anger the voters who rely on Goodyear for their livelihood over a laughably petty issue like being able to wear Trump’s China-made red hats on the job.

A major indication that Trump had made a crucial error was the critical response from the Mayor of Akron, Ohio, who tweeted that “Goodyear has believed in this community for generations, investing in the power, tenacity and honest people of the heartland, which is more than we can say for this president.”

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Mayor Daniel Horrigan was joined by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who loudly condemned the president’s attack.

It remains to be seen whether or not this will ultimately hurt the President’s chances at re-election, but it does lay bare the cynical selfishness and hypocrisy of Trump’s so-called “populism.” While he’s talks a big game about American workers and the need for companies to bring jobs back to our nation, he doesn’t lift a finger when his corporate buddies move their factories to Mexico — but turns on American companies the minute they make one move that offends him.

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