LEXINGTON, Va. (WSET) — The group, “Bikers for Trump” rode through Lexington Saturday to show their support of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and the Virginia GOP.
Their ride comes a week after Sanders was asked to leave The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington. That incident sparked a week of protests against the restaurant by Trump supporters. It also caused the restaurant’s owner. Stephanie Wilkinson, to step down from her position as Executive Director of Main Street Lexington.
According to a Facebook event, Bikers for Trump planned to head to Lexington to, “show support for the town, law enforcement and the Virginia GOP!”
They also said they had plans to support Lexington by dining in their restaurants and staying in their hotels.
In total about two dozen bikers rode through with the group.
WASHINGTON – President Trump, in an interview aired Sunday, accused American motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson of using tariffs as an excuse to produce more bikes overseas.
“Look, I devoted a lot of time to Harley-Davidson. I treated them good. I guarantee you everybody that ever bought a Harley-Davidson voted for Trump,” Trump told Maria Bartiromo during a sit-down for her Fox News show “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“I guarantee you everybody that ever bought a Harley Davidson voted for Trump,” the president claimed. “I don’t know if you know that. I would have to – they call them Bikers for Trump. There’s hundreds. ”
The Wisconsin-based company announced Monday that it would move some of its production overseas to avoid retaliatory tariffs enacted by the European Union in response to Trump’s trade policies.
The president also claimed Harley-Davidson had planned to make the move for the past six months.
“They made this deal at the beginning of the year, long before they ever heard of the word tariff,” Trump said. “They made this deal at the beginning of the year. And I don’t think they should do it.”
“Increasing international production to alleviate the EU tariff burden is not the company’s preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the EU and maintain a viable business in Europe,” the company said last week.
“I think that Harley is an American bike. It’s an American motorcycle and they should build them in this country,” Trump told Bartiromo, repeating comments he made earlier in the week. “They shouldn’t play cute.”
Trump suggested the company would take a “big hit” for not building its bikes in the United States.
The company recently finished construction of a plant in Thailand.
“I know those people. Those are my voters,” he said of Harley enthusiasts. “They don’t want Harley-Davidson getting cute to make $2 more.”