Toyota Holds the Line on Donating to Republicans, Tells the Outrage Mob to Pound Sand

($5.2 billion)

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.

From the not so newsy, Newsweek:

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has defended its donations to Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.

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:

This one is weaving his own fiction yarn about the corporation’s true motives:

And, I’ll take Fallacious Arguments for $500, Alex:

Then there is the “you must support what we support or we will not buy your product” crowd.

Along with the folks who will never buy another Prius again.

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.

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.

Coca-Cola and Major League Baseball would be in better places had they bothered to do just that.

Because, “Capitalism!”

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.