COLUMBUS — On Wednesday morning Donald Trump tweeted out an attack on a company that employs thousands of Ohio workers; on Wednesday afternoon, Trump doubled down, saying it didn’t matter if workers lost their jobs; and now a Trump campaign spokesman is defending Trump’s tweet by saying a boycott isn’t a boycott.
“Ohio workers can read the president’s tweets just as well as anyone, and it’s insulting to imply they didn’t gather his meaning,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “The people of Akron heard Donald Trump’s attack on thousands of workers in their community loud and clear, and the Trump campaign’s little word games are just a lame attempt to make excuses for a reckless president that only cares about himself.”
Hogan Gidley yesterday told a radio host, “[Trump] didn’t call for a boycott on Goodyear tires. He says, don’t buy Goodyear tires.”
Merriam-Webster defines “boycott” as “to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (a person, a store, an organization, etc.) usually to express disapproval or to force acceptance of certain conditions.”