President Trump once again showed that he will not shy away from hurting American businesses who don’t do what he says.
Many @harleydavidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas. Great! Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors. A really bad move! U.S. will soon have a level playing field, or better.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2018
Some Harley-Davidson motorcycle owners say they will abandon the company if it goes through with plans to shift some production overseas.
Several owners who spoke to The New York Times at a recent rally in South Dakota, said they planned to stop purchasing bikes from the Wisconsin-based brand as a result of the company’s announcement to move some of its production out of the U.S.
The decision, announced in late June, was prompted by retaliatory tariffs on motorcycles from the European Union following President Trump’s decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum on the EU and other longtime U.S. allies.
“I’m riding my last Harley,” 67-year-old biker Gary Rathbun told the Times. “It was American made, and that’s why we stood behind them.”
I really dislike this action. Harley Davidson is doing what it thinks is best for its company. Instead of punishing it, Trump should look to change the conditions that force it to look overseas for a workforce. Especially since he already admitted that he had to do the same in order to save money and make more profit from his own products.
Even the guy leading “Bikers for Trump” admits he does the same:
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.”
I see this attitude all the time – people want others to buy American, but they’re not willing to do so themselves. Oh well. It’s all #MAGA now!!