Pro-Trump motorcyclists say there is nothing better than American made products. However, Chris Cox, founder of “Bikers for Trump,” has his merchandise produced abroad.
Cox has confirmed the T-shirts his group wears not are made in the United States, rather in Haiti — the Black country President Trump once referred to as a “sh**hole nation.”
“If I get a T-shirt made in the U.S.A., it’s going to cost about $8 more,” Cox told The New York Times. “I looked far and wide to try to get a shirt made in America, it’s just they get you, they gouge you.”
But Trump hosted “Bikers for Trump” supporters at his golf club in Bedminister, N.J., over the weekend. He also continues to bash Harley-Davidson for impending production overseas, and wants bikers to back him up.
At the Sturgis bike rally in South Dakota this past weekend, Cox continued advocating for Trump, and, ironically, sought to mobilize opposition to Harley-Davidson, even though his own T-shirts are made abroad.
In July, during a “Made in America” event at the White House, Trump touted products made domestically. But his own products couldn’t be included in the showcase.
The president and his daughter, Ivanka, largely manufacture Trump-branded products in countries, like China, Indonesia, Turkey and Canada.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf club also has a history of applying for H-2B visas for foreign workers. The H-2B visa is for “temporary non-agricultural workers.”
Harley-Davidson has said it would manufacture motorcycles for the international market overseas because of the European Union (EU) retaliatory tariffs against the Trump administration’s duties on steel and aluminum from the EU, Mexico and Canada.
The EU raised the tariffs on motorcycles by 25 percent — from 6 percent to 31 percent. Harley-Davidson said the tariffs would “raise the cost of bikes shipped to Europe by as much as $2,200 each and reduce profits by up to $100 million annually,” according to Market Watch.
Over the weekend, Trump fanned the flames in his feud against Harley-Davidson. He said it’s “great” that consumers might boycott the company.