Corporations should not be involved in politics.Should they feel the necessity to get involved, is it too much to ask for consistency?
Toyota announced that it will no longer donate to Republicans who disputed the 2020 presidential election. Toyota is right to seek to preserve respect for elections. However, Toyota is confused. “Disputing” and “accepting” are two different things. Toyota took no such action in 2016. The late John Lewis refused to recognize (accept) that Donald Trump was a legitimately elected president because of his belief of “Russian interference.” In 2000, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Florida and all its hanging chads, there was a conga line of disputers who spent four years chanting “Not my president” rhetoric directed at Mr. Bush.
Elections are close, battles are heated, and emotions run high. To dispute an election is permitted constitutionally. To refuse to recognize election outcomes undermines the ability to govern. Toyota is withholding money from those who exercised rights. Toyota did not take action against those who refused to recognize election results in the past.The steps to exercise a right are finite. Once the process ends, the election is final. There is no end to a refusal to accept. Under Toyota’s donation policy, it has chosen a path that undermines a right and protects those who actually do undermine elections.