President Donald Trump said he would take Goodyear tires off the presidential limousine after he encouraged Americans to boycott the company after it banned political gear, including his red MAGA hats.
‘I would swamp ’em out,’ the president said at his press conference on Wednesday.
The Beast, as the presidential limo is known, and other cars in the president’s motorcade all use Goodyear tires.
Trump complained Goodyear – founded in 1898 in Akron, Ohio – was banning the distinctive red ‘Make America Great Again’ caps that his supporters wear.
He accused the company of ‘playing politics’ and argued he polls very well with Goodyear workers although it is unclear how he would know such a thing.
And he criticized the company, which said material supporting Black Lives Matters is acceptable but banned political items, specifically naming Blue Lives Matter and the MAGA hats.
‘They say that you can’t have Blue Lives Matter,’ he said. ‘You can’t wear a MAGA hat.’
‘They’re using their power over these people and these people want to wear whatever it is that we’re talking about,’ he said. ‘ So I would be very much in favor of people don’t want to buy there.’
‘I think it’s disgraceful that they did this,’ he noted.
Earlier in the day, the president called for the company – which employees 66,000 people and has plants in several states critical in the November election – to be boycotted.
‘Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES,’ Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning . ‘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!).’