Akron mayor knocks Trump over his call to boycott Goodyear

President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE's call Wednesday for Americans to boycott Goodyear tires over a policy surrounding "Make America Great Again" attire sparked backlash from officials in Akron, Ohio, where the tire company is headquartered.

“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,” the office of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan (D) tweeted.


Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats confront difficult prospects for midterms Tim Ryan touts labor support in Senate bid Democratic leaders push to boost congressional staff pay MORE (D-Ohio), who represents the Akron area, also condemned Trump, calling Goodyear an “iconic American company in a swing state" and noting that it employs more than 3,000 Ohioans. 

“It’s really, really dumb politically. But it shows the problem that he has — that it’s more about him than it is about other people,” Ryan told the Daily Beast.

The backlash surrounded a tweet Trump sent earlier in the day urging the public not to buy Goodyear tires, claiming the company “announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS,” referring to his campaign merchandise.


“This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now,” the president added.

Trump weighed in following reports that some company employees in Kansas were told not to wear politically affiliated gear including “Make America Great Attain” attire. 

A local NBC News affiliate in Topeka reported on a slide purportedly shown at a Goodyear diversity training that listed “Blue Lives Matter," “All Lives Matter,” “MAGA attire” and “politically-affiliated slogans or material” as “unacceptable.” 

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