The Toyota Motor Corporation announced on Thursday that it is halting donations to congressional Republicans who challenged the results of the 2020 election. The decision came shortly after the Lincoln Project dropped a scathing new video blasting the company for financing lawmakers who supported former President Donald Trump’s failed coup against the federal government on January 6th.
“Toyota is committed to supporting and promoting actions that further our democracy,” the company said in a statement. “Our company has long-standing relationships with Members of Congress across the political spectrum, especially those representing our U.S. operations. Our bipartisan PAC equally supports Democrats and Republicans running for Congress. In fact, in 2021, the vast majority of the contributions went to Democrats and Republicans who supported the certification of the 2020 election. We understand that the PAC decision to support select Members of Congress who contested the results troubled some stakeholders. We are actively listening to our stakeholders and, at this time, we have decided to stop contributing to those Members of Congress who contested the certification of certain states in the 2020 election.”
But Toyota’s attempt to save face came too late. On Thursday morning, the anti-Trump Lincoln Project posted its new ad to Twitter along with a caption that read: “Toyota vehicles feature safety detection systems, smartphone integration, and more white nationalism than you might’ve expected.”
Here is the transcript:
America’s free-market, democratic system has been good for companies like Toyota for a long time. So why would Toyota support politicians who tried to overthrow the very system that’s been so profitable for them? Toyota’s given more money to the seditious politicians who voted to overturn the 2020 election result and even hired [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell’s [R-KY] former chief of staff as a lobbyist. Toyota’s number one at finding ways to financially reward the party that took our nation to the brink on January 6th, helping finance a movement that violently sought to take votes away from American customers, not to mention Toyota’s own employees. It’s time to call Toyota’s corporate leadership. If they don’t reconsider where they send their money, Americans will reconsider where we send ours.
Toyota vehicles feature safety detection systems, smartphone integration, and more white nationalism than you might've expected. pic.twitter.com/Qkvl79Oc7k
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 8, 2021
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