After a ham-handed attempt at damage control with a non-apology over biased “diversity” training sparked outrage from President Trump – which in turn sparked a boycott by conservatives, Goodyear CEO Rich Kramer issued a direct apology on Thursday.
“To be clear, Goodyear does not endorse any political organization, party or candidate,” reads Kramer’s statement, which adds that the company “strongly supports our law enforcement partners and deeply appreciates all they do to put their lives on the line each and every day for their communities.”
“We have clarified our policy to make it clear associates can express support for law enforcement through apparel at Goodyear facilities,” which means – no MAGA hats, but presumably means ‘Blue Lives Matter’ and ‘All Lives Matter’ attire is now acceptable.
(Cue BLM boycott)..
A message from Rich Kramer: By now, you are aware of a visual from our Topeka factory that has been circulating in the media. I want to personally clear the record on what you are seeing and hearing. pic.twitter.com/UqqFeFQn6t
— Goodyear (@goodyear) August 20, 2020
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted “Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES” after a leaked photo of an external firm’s ‘diversity training’ slide appeared to show that the company considers “Blue Lives Matter,” “All Lives Matter” and “MAGA” attire “unacceptable,” while at the same time encouraging “Black Lives Matter” and “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride (LGBT)” attire.
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
— Rob O’Donnell (@odonnell_r) August 20, 2020
Cancel all the things!