A “Bikers for Trump” activist was called out for his hypocrisy Monday after trying to explain why the group could have their t-shirts printed in Haiti yet still support a boycott of Harley-Davidson for making motorcycles overseas.
Appearing on CNN, Bikers for Trump founder Chris Cox told host Poppy Harlow the group is boycotting the motorcycle company after it chose to outsource some of its manufacturing to Europe due to President Donald Trump’s high tariffs on steel and aluminum.
“If we had our way, we would help Harley-Davidson reinvent that company and get it back to its American roots to remember the veterans, the blue-collar and people that kept them afloat all these years,” Cox said. “Many times they were in turmoil and we stuck with them. Now we need them and all other companies to stick with America.”
Harlow pointed out that Harley-Davidson was moving part of its operations overseas because Trump’s tariffs could cost them $100 million, asking Cox at one point if he felt the president was to blame.
“… This is a regulatory filing where Harley-Davidson talks about the fact that its business would not be sustainable,” she explained. “It says it’s the only sustainable option to move this production, which is what a lot of automakers do — they make cars in Europe they sell in Europe. They make cars in Asia that they sell in Asia. This is not the first company to do that.”
Harlow drove her point home by highlighting the fact that Bikers for Trump sells T-shirts that are made in Haiti.
“Case in point, you sell these trump T-shirts. Did you bring one with you?” Harlow the host asked.
“No,” Cox said, admitting the producer had asked him to send one. “I think you’re getting your information from The New York Times. They forgot to mention our staple is our patch. This is made in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For us to sell T-shirts that are made in America really just is not very affordable for the bikers.”
“ That’s an interesting point — isn’t that doing exactly what Harley is doing?” Harlow asked.
Cox effectively side-stepped the question.
“Like Harley-Davidson, Bikers for Trump was born in America,” he said. “We don’t survive on the blood, sweat and spit of the American blue collar and the veteran who kept them afloat for so long.”
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