Automobile manufacturing giant Toyota defended its political donations to Republican lawmakers. These lawmakers voted against certifying the results of the 2020 election. In fact, the company said that it didn’t believe in judging members of Congress only through that single vote.
On Sunday, media organization Axios reported that Toyota gave the biggest amount of political donations to election objectors.
Specifically, the Japanese car company donated a total of $55,000 to 367 Republican lawmakers who objected to the certification of the 2020 election results. 37 is approximately a quarter of those who voted against the election results.
Its $55,000 donation is double the amount and five times as many candidates as the next highest donor, Cubic Corporation. In contrast, Cubic made eight donations to Republicans who voted No to certifying elections. The Axios report data came from the watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics.
Toyota Doubles Down On Its Position
Meanwhile, the company defended its decision to support the lawmakers it did. According to a company spokesperson, “Toyota supports candidates based on their position on issues that are important to the auto industry and the company.
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We do not believe it is appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification. 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.”
However, the spokesperson did not elaborate on what statements or actions crossed the line. As a result, Toyota started trending on Sunday evening.
As a result, many current Toyota owners began stating they will not buy from Toyota ever again. Apart from the auto giant, other companies that also donated to Republican objectors by at least $5,000 include Koch Industries, Walmart, Pfizer, AT&T, Cigna, and Reynolds American.
Toyota Owners Speak Out Against Toyota
“Wifey & I are deciding between Toyota, Honda, & Nissan for our next minivan. Let’s go places…not named Toyota,” former Democratic congressional candidate Qasim Rashid posted.
Meanwhile, film and television producer Melissa Jo Peltier tweeted, “Hello @Toyota? I’ve had my @Lexus since 2012. Second one. Loved them both. Was looking at your new models for 2022. Now, though, there will not be a third one until you clean up your act.”
Across the border, political activist Helen Kennedy also called out Toyota for their donations. In response to the Toyota spokesperson’s defense of their donations, she tweeted: “I believe it is appropriate to judge a corporation solely based on their support for lawmakers who tried to undermine democracy. Goodbye @Toyota”.
Republicans Defend Toyota
Meanwhile, conservatives also took to Twitter to support Toyota. ACT for America founder Brigitte Gabriel posted that “Toyota needs the support of conservatives!
The politically correct left cannot cancel them for donating to conservative Republicans!”. Also, actor Nick Searcy tweeted his reaction to the Axios report: “Guess I’ll buy a Toyota.”
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