It’s going to be an interesting new year when United States President-elect Donald Trump assumes the office. It’s also turning out to be an incredible new season for the Toyota car company. The popular brand has come out with a commercial jingle or anthem of sorts for 2017. It enlists the help from Lesley Gore’s catchy “You Don’t Own Me” song.
Meanwhile, Trump has already begun blasting Toyota Motor, because the company recently chose Mexico for the location of a new plant. The President-elect warned Toyota to start playing ball and “Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax,” as his words ran wild over Twitter. Trump enjoys using the social media site often as a vehicle to express his opinions on various topics.
Toyota fired back with a lengthy explanation via press release, giving it a tease on Twitter in response to soon to be President Trump. In part, the Japanese car brand reminded Trump and the world, that they are heavily invested here in the U.S. with 10 manufacturing facilities, 1,500 dealerships and 136,000 employees. Toyota also gently educated Mr. Trump in that the new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, will neither steal jobs from America nor drop production volume here because of it.
Anti-Trump folks believe that the President-elect’s alleged bullying tactics against Toyota Motor are groundless. They claim that trying to nail a single company with a tariff would violate the terms of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. Some also want to emphasize that since Toyota is a Japanese company, Toyota is not under any kind of obligation to erect anything here in the United States.
Do the words to Toyota’s new jingle “You Don’t Own Me” hit pretty hard at home to Mr. Trump? You decide. Here are some of the lyrics:
You don’t own me
Don’t try to change me in any way
You don’t own me
Don’t tie me down ’cause I’d never stay
I don’t tell you what to say
I don’t tell you what to do
So just let me be myself
That’s all I ask of you