In this age of Woke hysteria, where companies are, to steal my colleague Bonchie’s phrase, “folding like cheap suits”, it’s refreshing to see Toyota stand against bullying by the cancel mob.
Axios did a
hit piece report on the corporate donations given to the Republicans who stood against certifying the results of the 2020 election. This report exposed Toyota as one of the top donors.
Toyota is the top donor to Republicans who objected to certifying the 2020 election — by far. https://t.co/EdKil41HG0
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 28, 2021
From the not so newsy, Newsweek:
On Sunday, Axios reported that Toyota had donated the most amount of money of any company in 2021 to lawmakers who objected to November 2020’s election result, which was declared for President Joe Biden.
Of course, Newsweek had to go into an explanation of how those stupid Republicans and Trump spread “unsubstantiated claims” about the 2020 election and that Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20.
We need no reminders that Carter 2.0 is currently in the White House; but apparently the readers of Newsweek do.
As if on cue, the Twitterati came out like a flash of lightning, attempting to reinforce how horrible the January 6 kerfuffle was, and throwing around words like, “the Big Lie”, “treason”, and “insurrection” again.
This heavily photoshopped image is making the rounds:
— Timmy Reading (@reading_timmy) June 28, 2021
This one is weaving his own fiction yarn about the corporation’s true motives:
Clearly, Toyota is suspect of partially funding the Republican Insurrection of January 6th. They had absolutely no second thought about verbalizing their support of Sedition of our government. @HawleyMO is liking him some Lexus!
— Johnny Hopeful (@jxjacobsen) June 28, 2021
And, I’ll take Fallacious Arguments for $500, Alex:
Toyota is funding the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election. Their plants are located in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Texas. These are all rural states that gave Toyota massive tax breaks and made it impossible to form unions.
Toyota hates America.
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) June 28, 2021
Then there is the “you must support what we support or we will not buy your product” crowd.
Subaru and Honda are trending because they don't support treason.
Hope it was worth it, Toyota 🖕
— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) June 28, 2021
— Chattanooga Holler (@NoogaHoller) June 28, 2021
Along with the folks who will never buy another Prius again.
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) June 28, 2021
When I start seeing burning cars, then I’ll believe them. Half of these folks hate Elon Musk and couldn’t afford a Tesla anyway, so I am sure they’ll make peace between their outrage, their virtue signaling, and their pocketbook at some point.
Americans will continue to buy Toyotas bc they're good, dependable cars and everything isn't about politics you roach excrement. https://t.co/cn1vMXWnQA
— IncognegroNeville 🇯🇲🇺🇸 (@FormerlyCBM) June 28, 2021
Newsweek eventually got to the main point: Toyota’s response, which is of more interest to the reader than trying to rehash January 6:
The car manufacturer defended its donations in a statement to Axios on Sunday, saying that “Toyota supports candidates based on their position on issues that are important to the auto industry and the company.
“We do not believe it is appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification.”
However, Toyota clarified that “based on our thorough review, we decided against giving to some members who, through their statements and actions, undermine the legitimacy of our elections and institutions,” but did not provide any information on what it defined as doing so.
Mediaite went a step further than Newsweek, by naming, shaming, and pointing the finger at the other companies that have donated to these evil, treasonous Republicans.
Axios found that Toyota donated more than any other company to election objectors. Its $55,000 in donations was nearly double the amounts compared to the two companies behind them in terms of donations to Republican election objectors (Cubic Corp. and Applied Research Associates Inc.).
Axios referenced CREW data which showed that 34 companies donated at least $5,000 to campaign PACs of one or more lawmakers who objected to certification.
Following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, many companies pledged to abstain from donating to individuals who objected to the certification of the election. While the vast majority of those who pledged to do so have stuck by their word, the Los Angeles Times found that some businesses including Cigna, AT&T, and Intel, “gave at least $75,000 to 37 Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying the election” results, despite their earlier commitment.
I am sure the effect on their market share will be a blip, if anything at all. After the blatant attacks on free enterprise in 2020, Americans are more inclined towards supporting a business that isn’t kowtowing to the Woke mob and is simply interested in paying attention to their bottom line. The goal: stay in business by producing a quality product, and employing people who can assist in the manufacture and sale of said product. It’s that simple. So why do these corporations going there? Toyota is so far being smart enough to not try.
As Steak-Umm recommends, this is where companies need to maintain their focus.
obligatory thread to remind people that we’re a brand selling products (https://t.co/twW6laKOCp check it out) so everything we do is based in self interest to grow our business
steak-umm bless https://t.co/bQzPTiTXgv
— Steak-umm (@steak_umm) April 13, 2021
Our family has three cars.
Two are Toyotas, one is a Honda.
We will continue to buy Toyotas because they are excellent cars. https://t.co/FC1FsnYAzs
— Ge🤦🏻♀️rge Wept (@GeorgeWept) June 28, 2021
Toyota will sell more cars thanks to this hateful communist. https://t.co/TikiVpqaei
— Nick Searcy, INSURRECTIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) June 28, 2021
I have never been a fan of Toyota cars and trucks, but if they hold steady, I may give them some consideration when it is time for me to replace my vehicle.