At a recent Made in America event held at the White House in July, the Trump Organization and President Donald Trump received heavy criticism for a lack of any of their products being made in the United States. Now it appears the Bikers for Trump organization suffers from the same issue.
Chris Cox, founder of the pro-Trump group confirmed the shirts his group wears get made in Haiti, not in the United States. A fact which belies the America First slogan.
But it is not the Bikers for Trump organization’s fault. According to Cox, t-shirt makers in the United States simply engage in price gouging.
If I get a T-shirt made in the USA, it’s going to cost about $8 more. I looked far and wide to try to get a shirt made in America, it’s just they get you, they gouge you.”
His statements bear additional irony since Cox leads the charge for Trump supporting bikers to boycott Harley-Davidson.
STURGIS, S.D. —The founder of Bikers for Trump is mobilizing opposition to Harley-Davidson for making bikes abroad. But he’s selling Trump T-shirts made in Haiti, because American shirts are too expensive. https://t.co/hbIMyeSxCS pic.twitter.com/WKbJ9rqdwh
— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) August 11, 2018
The United States motorcycle manufacturer also claimed—thanks to the President’s trade war with Mexico, China, Canada and the European Union—producing their bikes bound for their large market in Europe too expensive in the U.S. after retaliatory EU tariffs were levied. And after Trump’s withdrawal from the TPP, Harley-Davidson decided to move manufacturing for that market to Thailand.
Cox and Bikers for Trump—and the President himself based on threatening Twitter posts aimed at the motorcycle manufacturer—take exception with Harley-Davidson moving manufacturing for overseas markets to overseas locations.
A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them. If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end – they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
Harley-Davidson should stay 100% in America, with the people that got you your success. I’ve done so much for you, and then this. Other companies are coming back where they belong! We won’t forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2018
But neither find issue with their products intended for U.S. markets being made outside the United States.
But why are products much cheaper when made in the Trump Organization’s favorite locations, China and Mexico, and Bikers for Trump’s preferred location, Haiti? Is it because of United States clothing manufacturers price gouging?
So what is the real reason?