Trump just declared war on Harley-Davidson motorcycles in vicious barrage of tweets

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President Trump took to Twitter this morning and declared war on the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company, which made headlines around the country yesterday when it announced it would be moving a significant portion of its vehicle production to Europe in response to the huge tariffs that European Union imposed on it in response to President Trump’s recently declared trade war.

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In a four-tweet tirade, the president lashed out at Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and fired off a vague threat that this would be the “beginning of the end” for the company and followed it up with the threat of retaliatory taxes if they didn’t submit to his will and shoulder even more losses than the $100 million a year the tariffs are expected to slice from the company’s bottom line. 

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For all the Republican Party claims to worship the “free market,” the Republican President sure is going out of his way to bully and badger the market into submitting to his ignorant will.

One watches and waits with a macabre curiosity to see what will happen when the would-be tyrant learns that you cannot simply dictate the terms you want and then throw lawyers and tweets at them until the other party concedes.

Multinational corporations and our European allies are not scheming New York City real estate mafiosi or a disgruntled mistress to be pressured into complacency. These actions have very real effects that will impact thousands of people, and the corporate bigwigs he’s dealing with is just as unused to being dictated to as Trump is and will not take these threats lightly.

How Trump’s motorcycle-loving supporters will take them is another question entirely.

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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