Early Monday, motorcycle company Harley-Davidson announced its plan to move multiple American plants overseas to avoid stiff penalties put in place by Europe’s retaliatory measures. Harley-Davidson’s “made in America” motto is being sacrificed just so the company can stat afloat, and all the president can think to do about it is to ridicule Harley-Davidson and the thousands of people who are about to be out of jobs.
Harley-Davidson spokesperson Michael Pflughoeft released the following statement Monday:
“Expanding international production to alleviate the EU tariff burden is not our preference, but it’s the only sustainable option we have to make motorcycles available and affordable to EU customers.”
Trump said this Monday night via his Twitter account:
Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag. I fought hard for them and ultimately they will not pay tariffs selling into the E.U., which has hurt us badly on trade, down $151 Billion. Taxes just a Harley excuse – be patient! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
Trump, obviously oblivious to the struggles of American companies in general, let alone under his leadership, disgracefully attacks an American staple in an attempt to turn his fanbase against them. We’ve seen this before.
According to Wall Street Journal:
“Harley said in a securities filing Monday that the 31% tariff the EU enacted last week on its motorcycles would raise the cost of each Hog it ships there from the U.S. by about $2,200. Rather than raise prices, Harley said it would shift production of the motorcycles it sells in the EU outside of the U.S. over the next 18 months.”
If life wasn’t bad enough for Harley, sales in America were already waning with U.S. citizens generally having less money to spend of leisure items than they did when the company was founded in 1903.
“Harley’s international sales rose for the first time in over a year in the company’s first quarter, by 0.2% annually. Harley wants to boost its international business to half its annual sales volume over the next decade, from about 40% currently.”
“Sales in Harley’s main U.S. market fell by 12% in the first quarter, continuing a downward trend of sales in recent years. Harley has aimed to boost its U.S. customer base by promoting motorcycle-riding classes and trying to recruit more women and minority riders.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to the White House podium Monday afternoon and directly addressed Harley’s decision:
“The European Union is attempting to punish U.S. workers with unfair and discriminatory trade policies. President Trump will continue to push for free, fair and reciprocal trade in the hopes that the EU will join us in that.”
The responses to Trump’s tweet were endless, but we saved a few of the best ones for your viewing pleasure: