According to Donald Trump himself, every single owner of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle voted for Trump. The president made this claim on Sunday morning as he defended his decision to weigh in on business decisions by a U.S. company.
“I guarantee you everybody that ever bought a Harley-Davidson voted for Trump,” Trump said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” “I don’t know if you know that. I would have to — they call them bikers for Trump. There’s hundreds.”
Trump’s comments come amid an escalating feud between the Milwaukee-based motorcycle company and him.
Last week, Harley-Davidson said in a filing that it would manufacture motorcycles for the international market in overseas factories, citing the European Union’s recent decision to implement tariffs on motorcycles imported from the U.S. as justification for the move.
Harley-Davidson said tariffs on its motorcycles rose from 6 percent to 31 percent in recent weeks.
Those tariffs came in response to steep steel and aluminum tariffs that Trump placed on EU nations.
Trump responded to the move by repeatedly calling out Harley-Davidson and warning that its business would suffer if it followed through with its decision.
“Harley must know that they won’t be able to sell back into U.S. without paying a big tax!” he tweeted Tuesday.
Trump added on Sunday that the company would likely take a “big hit”, stating that people buying Harley-Davidson’s motorcycles don’t want them built in foreign countries.
Since the motorcycle manufacturer’s announcement, Trump has shifted from condemnation of the company’s decision to pleading with Harley-Davidson to keep its production domestic.
TRUMP: "Everybody who bought a Harley-Davidson voted for Trump…And I had them for lunch 6 months ago…I think I taught them more about tariffs than I could ever learn…I think they're going to take a big hit." pic.twitter.com/hVLTlaVSBv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 1, 2018