Boycott Toyota Calls After Company Defends Donations to Election Objectors

Toyota is facing boycott calls following reports that the company defended its donations to Republicans who objected to certifying the 2020 election.

Axios reported that Toyota gave $55,000 to 37 Republican objectors this year, based on data from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The car manufacturer gave more than twice as much as the second company on the list, Cubic Corp., a San Diego-based defense contractor.

Axios reported that Toyota defended the donations, with a spokesperson saying in a statement that: "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."

The news has prompted calls to boycott Toyota from prominent voices on social media.

Influencer Rob Gill said: "NEVER buy a Toyota vehicle. Toyota hates democracy. Retweet.

"Don't forget Lexus is a Toyota brand too! If you have a minute, call up your local Toyota dealer and let them know WHY you're never buying another Toyota. If dealers feel the pressure, they'll pressure Toyota Corporate. #ToyotaHatesDemocracy"

Consultant Tom Watson said: "Boycott Toyota—the company is pro-fascist.," while actor Jon Cryer said: "Hey Toyota. This is shameful."

Tennis player Martina Navratilova shared a post from CREW that said: "If you buy a Toyota, you're funding the politicians who tried to overturn the election," and added: "I sure won't be... shame on Toyota for this."

Political scientist Norman Ornstein said: "Toyota is actively undermining democracy in the United States. Shameful," and journalist Kara Swisher said: "I briefly considered the Toyota Sedition, but settled on the Kia Sorento. More USB ports and 100 percent less insurrection."

Activist Charlotte Clymer said: "I'm in the process right now of researching my next car, and it sure as hell isn't gonna fall under the Toyota brand," while activist Qasim Rashid said: "What a coincidence Toyota, I do not believe it is appropriate to buy cars from companies that fund politicians who try 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."

Finally, writer Dan Gillmor said: "I have purchased nothing but Toyotas since the mid-1980s, and have been more than satisfied to be their customer.

"I've also been planning to get a new car once the supply chain resumes normal function and artificial shortages ease. It will not be a Toyota."

Toyota written on the San Francisco regional headquarters in San Ramon, California, October 20, 2017. Toyota is facing boycott calls following news that it donated to objectors of the 2020 election. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty