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Offended by Trump’s Goodyear tweet

To the editor:

On Aug. 19, the President of the United States gave us the following directive via a tweet:

“Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES — They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS. Get better tires for far less! (This is what Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!)”

Goodyear is an American company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Goodyear had decided to remain apolitical. No political affiliation was displayed by the company. The president gave this directive in the midst of a pandemic and with an unemployment rates of 10.2% Doesn’t this directive validate the fact that this president is disingenuous about bringing jobs back to the US?

We the people are not his concern. Think about the seriousness of this directive. Is it reasonable than an American president would hinder an American company in any small way over a MAGA hat? This tweet among all of his other tweets should do nothing less than alarm you with genuine fear about the future of our country and our democracy.

Here is a list of Goodyear major competitors. Although each company may have some plants in the US, all but one are none US-owned companies.

Bridgestone, headquarters in Japan; Firestone, owned by Bridgestone, headquarters in Japan; Michelin, headquarters in France; Cooper Tires, headquarters in the USA; Hankook, headquarters in South Korea; Kumbo Tires, headquarters in South Korea; Pirelli, headquarters in Italy; Toyo Tires, headquarters in Japan; and, Yokohama, headquarters in Japan.

Words do matter. They have consequences. Isn’t this what we teach our children? Please vote as soon as you can. All of our lives as well as the future of democracy depend on it. And don’t forget to pray for all of us.

LISA BESOZZI,

Steubenville

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