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Toyota Defends Donations To Republicans Who Refused To Certify The 2020 Election
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Toyota Defends Donations To Republicans Who Refused To Certify The 2020 Election

Toyota has faced harsh criticism for defending its $55,000 donation to 37 elected Republican members of Congress who refused to certify the 2020 election results.

“We do not believe it is appropriate to judge members of Congress solely on their votes on electoral certification,” a company spokesperson told Axios on Sunday, citing data compiled by the Washington-based watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics.

Toyota is by far the most generous donor to Republicans who oppose certifying the 2020 election resultshttps://t.co/6zPD5LNpnR pic.twitter.com/coBWOnORoa — Axios (@axios) June 27, 2021

“We decided against giving to some members who, through their statements and actions, undermine the legitimacy of our elections and institutions,” the spokesperson added.

It's unclear which lawmakers Toyota chose not to support through its corporate PAC, but the excuse caused Toyota to trend on Twitter for the wrong reasons, with many people calling for a boycott of the company.

I briefly considered the Toyota Sedition, but decided on the Kia Sorento because it has more USB ports and is 100 percent less rebellious. https://t.co/0GnZGY2B33 — Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) June 28, 2021

Hello @Toyota? I've had my @Lexus since 2012. Second one. Loved them both. Was looking at your new models for 2022, but there will be no third one until you clean up your act. @slpng_giants https://t.co/3eq2YVGko0 — Melissa Jo Peltier (@MelissaJPeltier) June 27, 2021

Toyota makes excellent automobiles, but it is a threat to American democracy. https://t.co/r6DoUiOSK8 — Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) June 28, 2021

Toyota and others make the mistake of continuing to support politicians who support sedition because they believe it is just politics as usual. However, many thoughtful, well-informed Americans believe those politicians pose an existential threat to democracy and now see Toyota as supporting that threat. — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) June 28, 2021

I own a plug-in Prius hybrid, which I frequently praised on the air to our 7 million-strong audience; it will be the last car I buy from @Toyota. Any company that supports people attempting to overthrow our republic has lost my support. https://t.co/mSeioEc4Ri — Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann) June 28, 2021

Automakers spend hundreds of millions of dollars persuading consumers that driving their car "says something about you." Driving a Prius used to mean you cared about the environment, but now it's a symbol of the Big Lie. Toyota just flushed decades of branding down the toilet — Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) June 28, 2021

I'm getting rid of my Prius Prime as soon as possible...#Toyota https://t.co/UtDaygex8j — Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) June 28, 2021

Toyota's new 2021 model, The Insurrection, will be unveiled on June 28, 2021. — John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz)

Whatever happens today, every public relations professional is thinking: At least I don't work for Toyota! — Laura Trujillo (@lauraftrujillo) June 28, 2021

Hello, @Toyota! My family owns two Priuses (or Prii), one of which is ten years old and in need of replacement. We will not buy another Toyota in the future. Have a nice day. https://t.co/MjFid6yd3g — Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) June 28, 2021

Willyam (@wbl_wbl) on June 28, 2021: Looking forward to the release of the new Toyota Sedition with the MAGA package.

@Toyota is funding the Big Lie. — The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 28, 2021

What a coincidence @Toyota I do not believe it is appropriate to buy cars from companies that fund politicians who attempt to overthrow our democracy.Wifey and I are deciding between Toyota, Honda, and Nissan for our next minivan. Let's go places...not named Toyota. https://t.co/CTpbzpANyd — Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) June 27, 2021

— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) June 28, 2021

I believe it is appropriate to judge a car company solely on its ability to undermine democracy. https://t.co/KiZGOjyONI — Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) June 28, 2021

#BoycottToyota https://t.co/ThgJlvLXa2 — Patricia Millerioux (@PatResister) June 28, 2021

Yes, my 2007 Prius has served me well, and I was planning on purchasing another Toyota, but after their response, that is out the window. #BoycottToyota https://t.co/qV62IfYSO0 — Damien Cooley (@damcoole) June 28, 2021

Hello, @Toyota, you are now the #1 sponsor of GQP Seditionists who all voted against certifying the election; we see what motivates you. — Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) June 28, 2021

@Toyota, shame on you; my next vehicle will not be one of yours. — Robyn Chance (@robynkchance) June 28, 2021

Good morning, @Toyota. As a United States Army veteran who swore an oath to defend the Constitution from foreign and domestic enemies, I'd like to know why you continue to fund the Republican Party, which has attacked our democracy and freedoms. — David Weissman (@davidmweissman) June 28, 2021

When corporations like @Toyota say things like "We do not believe it is appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on electoral certification," what they really mean is "We care about our profits more than we care about democracy." — Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) June 28, 2021

If @Toyota decides that truth, the rule of law, and democratic tenets aren't worth preserving, then maybe I'll decide that my Prius lease isn't either. — Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) June 28, 2021

Toyota's car model has taken on new significance. pic.twitter.com/dNLMI9GhnC — MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) June 28, 2021

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