August 12, 2018


Trump's War With Harley-Davidson Has Divided America's Bikers: A move by the company has put one of the country's most iconic brands in the uncomfortable position of clashing with a president who is immensely popular with most of its customers. (Alan Rappeport, Aug. 11, 2018, NY Times)

"We're not going to sit back on a hope and a promise that they're going to do the right thing," said Mr. Cox, who brought with him a leather jacket autographed by Mr. Trump at the White House when he was in Washington for a recent visit with some bikers. He said that Mr. Trump insisted that he visit the Oval Office because his group has been so supportive and loyal.

Explaining the importance of domestic production, Mr. Cox said that Vietnam veterans who joined motorcycle clubs after the war were disappointed decades later when the new brake pads they needed to buy were made in Vietnam. He said that many bikers he knows are now wearing long sleeves to conceal their Harley tattoos.

But even Mr. Cox, a South Carolina chain saw artist who carves trees and other objects, could not escape the realities of global supply chains and the high cost of making some products in the United States. While he used to sell American-made T-shirts, the $20 Trump shirts he was selling outside his R.V. were made in Haiti. The American-made shirts proved to be a hard sell.

"If I get a T-shirt made in the U.S.A., it's going to cost about $8 more," Mr. Cox said. "I looked far and wide to try to get a shirt made in America, it's just they get you, they gouge you."

Donald and the Trumpbots have turned the Times into one of the great comedic publications in history.

Posted by at August 12, 2018 8:24 AM