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President Trump NOT COMING to Milwaukee; Harley-Davidson wasn’t comfortable with likely protests

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will not head to Milwaukee for a previously scheduled visit of a Harley-Davidson factory after the company decided it wasn’t comfortable hosting him amid planned protests, a President Trump administration official said Tuesday, January 31st.

President Trump had been scheduled to tour the factory Thursday where he also planned to sign executive orders related to American manufacturing.

The visit had not been publicly announced, but White House staffers were already on the ground in Milwaukee setting up for President Trump’s planned visit to the factory on Thursday.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed President Trump is not expected to go to Milwaukee on Thursday.

Harley-Davidson issued a statement Tuesday night saying they “don’t have, nor did we have, a scheduled visit from the President this week at any of our facilities.”

“We are proud to have hosted Presidential visits at our facilities. Three of the last five presidents — Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — have visited us at our facilities. These visits are a testament to the pride and passion of our employees and their great work building Harley-Davidson motorcycles,” said Maripat Blankenheim, director of Harley-Davidson’s corporate communication. “We look forward to hosting the president in the future.”

The Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump issued this statement:

“The Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump is thrilled that Trump has been forced to cancel his visit to Milwaukee, one of his first press events outside of Washington D.C. Fearing a massive protest, Trump was forced to cancel his event after a massive backlash from the community over his scheduled appearance at Harley-Davidson. The location of Trump’s event, which was supposed to remain secret, was leaked by activists and a rally was planned outside the Harley-Davidson plant in Menomonee Falls. Thousands of people from all walks of life were prepared to protest Trump’s visit and condemn his hateful speech and policies. The Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump organized a call-in protest to Harley-Davidson that resulted in a denial from Harley-Davidson, followed by an announcement from the White House that the trip was cancelled. Trump’s unpopular policies have ignited an unprecedented resistance movement that will block his every move. We hope our success in Milwaukee sets the tone for the rest of Trump’s Presidency, wherever he goes, there will be resistance!”

Large protests have been in the works in recent days, particularly in light of President Trump’s executive order issuing an immigration ban.

It was the threat of protests, and not President Trump’s planned signing of executive orders, that made Harley-Davidson uncomfortable, the President Trump administration official said, according to CNN.

The canceled trip highlighted the difficulties President Trump will continue to face as he looks to implement his agenda while his presidency is engulfed in controversy.

President Trump’s decision to temporarily ban citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the US and suspend the admission of all refugees has sparked a wave of protests nationwide — protests which now appear to have torpedoed the rollout of an unrelated part of his policy agenda.

The travel ban was also met with widespread condemnation by Democrats and even some Republicans who called the move counterproductive to US counterterrorism efforts.

That fiery opposition has already ramped up Democrats’ efforts to stall the confirmation of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, and could also trickle down to legislative efforts.


  • Scott

    Brilliant. Let’s make sure the leader of the free world can’t visit WI based businesses. The vehicles of protest have reached all time levels of sheer stupidity.

  • dick

    The best thing that could of happened to the city and the company says no thanks! Im moving! This city is junk!

  • Tacocat

    Trump is expanding middle class manufacturing jobs and Milwaukee is protesting his visit. Good luck getting companies to move to your city.

  • deleted again

    These protesters are not against anything in particular. They are against Trump. The Democrats had a lifelong criminal running,they screwed Sanders because someone thought it would be a good idea to have Clinton run.
    The whole campaign was so full of Democratic mud slinging, lies and media bias that people had no choice than to vote for someone different,someone who can change what the Democrats have screwed up. And now the same people are still whining and after months of their whining I don’t think they have anything legitimate to complain about anymore.

  • Opinion8d

    It’s a shame Harley chickened out. Unfortunately, they must be watching the MSM and buying into the anti-Trump narrative. The fact is he got elected (and won WI) and is governing based on his promises he ran on. The media, an obviously Harley, still doesn’t understand the SILENT MAJORITY is behind them. And turning away a President, is just giving into the bully from a small few.

    • Christian M. Walker

      Harley Davidson SHOULD be ashamed of themselves! I’ll continue using Harley designed motors for my builds, but I will NEVER purchase, and will boycott, Harley Davidson products.

      • Scott

        I really don’t blame Harley. The irrationality of media coverage and the emotional lunacy that follows these events far outweighs the benefits. It’s a shame but I expect it’s a lesser of two evils approach … much like the Presidential election. My guess is they will have opportunity to bend the President’s ear around protecting jobs and buying American in a different venue. IMHO

  • Carl

    Harley-Davidson should be ASHAMED!!! I can’t describe how angry I am at the level of disrespect this shows to our President. Wisconsin voted for President Trump and to allow a few whiney protesters to dictate his visit, and for Harley Davidson to cave to them, is absolutely DISGUSTING! I am embarrassed to be from Wisconsin right now. And I’m embarrassed that Harley is a WI business!!!

  • Stupid is....

    If Harley canceled President Trump’s trip due to “protesters”, they have let these liberal pukes bully them! This is ridiculous! The persons in charge of this decision do not speak for the majority! This is bad press for HDMC! Shame on you!


    Fox 6 showed the protesters at Harley – there couldn’t have been more than 20. If I get 20 protesters and protest in front of your building – are you going to give us the same coverage? Harley is a mainstay in Milwaukee and you made a decision to show that 20 people represent the 500,000 citizens of Milwaukee represent???

  • Warren

    All of these “protests” by the confused left only show how much encouragement they received from Obama, who is still at it, and how much damage has been done to a once great nation. Pres Trump has a long hard road ahead and he needs encouragement. He is taking a lot of heat for us.

  • Bill

    I can say that I will never ride my FLHR ever again nor will I ever spend a single dollar on Harley Davidson products or parts. I know it will not break the company bank, but as an American, who is proud to be an American. I can’t see doing business with a company that falsely drapes it’s self as patriotic icon.

    • Eric

      Agreed. Harley just showed there hand. Very unpatriotic of them. There bikes are overpriced anyhow. They just want to market to the yuppies not the real bike riders.


    Oh look the libards at FAUX6 are deleting all Trump-supporting posts again. We know you don’t like fair and balanced views, right Communist FAUX6 mods? In any event, I think we should put together a list of all 25 of these liberal cry-babies that showed up protesting to let the world know those brain-dead snowflakes don’t represent the rest of Milwaukee. I hope Harley loses a TON of business over this as well, serves them right for being such a bunch of putas.

    • Eric

      Fox 6 is as one sided as Milwaukee pbs. Nothing but snowflakes hyping nothing but false hoods. The only good thing out of fox 6 is Mary Stoker Smith aka Mary Smoking Smith. She is absolutely gorgeous inside and out.

  • Thank you for standing by our President when he is trying to save our country and corporations like yous.

    Disappointed in Harley Davidson. Stand Your Ground. Have a further parameter. They can protest on public property not private property. What will all the Harley Davidson supporters say about this?

  • Bill

    So basically if Harley doesn’t want to host Trump, I suspect a lot of people will now avoid purchasing a Harley.

    Nice going, guys.

  • Lori Karlson

    Good riddance! Stay away and write more moronic tweets about how great you think you are. Call your honey pie Putin, he’ll make it all better. Get more foreign payments so the violation of the Constitution Emoluments Clause can get him sued….another Trump lawsuit to add to the pile. This man is only out to further his own interests. Funny to see politicians kissing his wrinkled, orange tushie. Wisconsin doesn’t need Mr. Tiny Hands.

  • me

    Harley is a bunch of pussies and probably pissed off a lot of their customers. Pathetic cowards, I hope HD goes bankrupt soon.

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