by Greg Reynolds
Goodyear Tires caved to pressure from President Trump and announced Thursday the company will now allow workers to wear pro-police messages on clothing in the workplace, a reversal from just twenty-four hours ago when it issued a defiant statement that it would only allow Black Lives Matter and LGBT messages (“racial justice and equity issues”).
Goodyear Chairman Rich Kramer released a statement that said in part, “We have clarified our policy to make it clear associates can express support for law enforcement through apparel at Goodyear facilities.”
And one analyst said the entire leftist pro-BLM policy “will likely be scrapped” by the weekend.
The controversy erupted this week when a screen image from a Topeka tire plant worker training session was posted online that showed what kind of messages are allowed at work and what messages are not allowed. Black Lives Matter and LGBT messages were specifically allowed, but Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, MAGA or other political expressions or material were not allowed.
In a tweet and at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, President Trump called out Goodyear:
Trump even said he would “switch out” the tires on his own armored limousine that now had Goodyear tires, if the policy continued.
An audio recording from the Topeka session was publicized Wednesday night that confirmed the policy:
But tonight Goodyear appears to be in full retreat, and one Wall St. analyst said “they are expected to withdraw the policies completely” by this weekend.
Joe Biden issued a statement Wednesday night defending Goodyear–but not police.