Editorial: Trump ignites firestorm in Ohio over his hats


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Kirk Dougal, Publisher

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Jim Krumel, Editor

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David Trinko, Managing Editor

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He didn’t really say that, did he?

Oh, yes he did. It’s not fake news.

Donald Trump, the president of the United States, last week asked people to boycott buying tires from Akron-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber, an American company that employs thousands of U.S. workers.

And it was all because of a hat.

Trump tweeted Wednesday: “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!)”

Trump based his tweet on a slide shown during a diversity training session at a Goodyear plant in Topeka, Kansas. The slide listed “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” shirts as being acceptable, but apparel with political slogans such as “MAGA” being unacceptable.

Goodyear later said the slide in question was not generated by the corporate offices, but by a plant employee in Topeka who was trying to explain to workers what is acceptable to wear in the workplace. The slide was not approved or distributed by Goodyear Corporate, the company said.

The company also said it differentiates between employees advocating for racial justice and equity from those supporting a political campaign, candidate or party.

Any way you slice it, though, a United States president putting the value of a red baseball hat above the jobs of American workers is reprehensible. And it doesn’t end there.

On Thursday, the president went after free speech when he asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow him to block critics from his personal Twitter account. The administration said in a high-court filing that Trump’s @realdonaldtrump account with more than 85 million followers is his personal property, and blocking people from it is akin to elected officials who refuse to allow their opponents’ yard signs on their front lawns.

A year ago, a federal appeals court in New York correctly ruled that Trump uses the account to make daily pronouncements and observations that are overwhelmingly official in nature. It held that Trump violated the First Amendment if he blocks a critic to silence a viewpoint.

All of this has us wondering: What is Trump trying to do, gift-wrap the election for Democrats?

While it is far too soon to write off the president — remember how he defied the polls four years ago — Trump certainly has set off a firestorm in Ohio, a state he needs to win in November. It now sees him limping into next week’s Republican National Convention.

Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden quickly seized on the president’s remarks, saying in a written statement that Trump “doesn’t have a clue about the dignity and worth that comes with good-paying union jobs at places like Goodyear — jobs that can support a family and sustain a community… To President Trump, those workers and their jobs aren’t a source of pride, just collateral damage in yet another one of his political attacks.”

Republicans can only hope next week’s convention puts the issue on a back-burner. However, expect it to be a Democrat needle-point when Trump returns to Ohio on Sept. 29 for his first of three debates with Biden, this one being held just up the road from Goodyear headquarters at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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The Lima News editorial policy is independent of political party affiliation. Opinions expressed in the Our View column reflect the view of The Lima News editorial board.

EDITORIAL BOARD

Kirk Dougal, Publisher

kdougal@aimmediamidwest.com

567-242-0371

Jim Krumel, Editor

jkrumel@limanews.com

567-242-0391

David Trinko, Managing Editor

dtrinko@limanews.com

567-242-0467

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