President Donald Trump Canceled Visit To Harley-Davidson Factory Amid Planned Protests

President Trump’s planned Thursday visit to the Harley factory has been canceled because the White House was not comfortable with likely protests because of his controversial immigration executive order. He was supposed to tour the facility and planned to sign executive orders related to American manufacturing. Instead, tomorrow Thursday morning, a couple of Harley executives will be received by Trump at the White House

Although White House staffers were already on the ground in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson issued a statement Tuesday night saying we “don’t have a scheduled visit from the President this week at any of our facilities.”  Evidently, mass protests would have been a PR nightmare for both the White House and Harley-Davidson, especially in a context where the manufacturer tries to attract a new clientele of Millennials dominantly opposed to the new administration.

“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.”

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43 Responses to “President Donald Trump Canceled Visit To Harley-Davidson Factory Amid Planned Protests”


  1. 1 Matt W. Feb 1st, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Since the president seems to attract protesters where ever he goes should he just start referring to them as his entourage? 😉

  2. 2 Tom Ryan Feb 1st, 2017 at 10:52 am

    It’s too bad that HD didn’t announce that they were handing out job applications on the visit. None of the protesters would’ve showed up. A lot of these bused in NO nothing protesters are getting paid $2500.00 a month by George Soros just to protest. I heard that Soros is extra mad at President Trump because he lost a billion dollars when Clinton lost.

  3. 3 richards Feb 1st, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Tom Ryan….NOT TRUE! You can check it out on any of the “fact check” sites. Sonpes has at least five ratings relating to these claims. All are FALSE or UNPROVEN.

  4. 4 BobS Feb 1st, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Everything Trump gets near turns to shit. Keep him as far away from Milwaukee as possible.

  5. 5 Brett Feb 1st, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Harley doesn’t need more trouble…

  6. 6 JohnyLetGo Feb 1st, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Tom Ryan. do a service to yourself. Stop reading fake news on right wing conspiracy websites (Breibart and Infowars being only a couple among hundreds)

  7. 7 Mark Semley Feb 1st, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I read in several places that the visit was cancelled by Harley, not by Trump. Smart decision. Youngsters would have boycotted Harley for a full generation. Politics…

  8. 8 Joan Smith Feb 1st, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    TOO BAD ”NOT MY PRESIDENT’ ISN’T COMING. I HAD MY SIGN ALL READY. ONE SIDE SAID “KEEP AMERICA SAFE”. THE OTHER SIDE SAID “BAN GUNS, NOT MUSLIMS”.

  9. 9 PB Zappa Feb 1st, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Utter Breibart Alt Right fabrications Mr Ryan with the ‘ jobs ‘ announcement / applications verging on blatant fantasies [ what part of sales and profits are down and layoffs are forthcoming do you not comprehend ? ] As well as the protestors are out there on their own dime . Unlike the Trump sycophants he pays to show for the cameras . Funny though how that tactic failed him so miserably at his inauguration . And read the news versus the propaganda .. the Motor Company cancelled his trip in part due to their protest agains the immigrant /asylum seekers executive order in part because Trump included LPR’s [ Legal Permanent Residents ] and in part knowing that the clueless order Trump wanted to sign at H-D will do extensive damage to H-D’s business

  10. 10 Joan Smith Feb 1st, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    MAYBE HE STILL IS COMING. THIS MAY JUST BE AN “ALTERNATIVE FACT” TO DISCOURAGE DEFENDERS OF THE CONSTITUTION FROM PROTESTING! THE BIG BLOW IS A SCAREDY CAT!

  11. 11 x-HD Rider Feb 1st, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Trump should go to more places. Just so the protesters have to take off work and lose money

  12. 12 tundra Feb 1st, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Using a fake fact-checking site (Snopes) to fact-check fake news……

  13. 13 NoTrump Feb 1st, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Today, Wednesday. Another lawsuit lost by Trump. A federal judge ordered President Trump’s golf course in Jupiter, Florida, to pay former members $5.7 million.

  14. 14 NoTrump Feb 1st, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Presidential election. 50% of eligible voters didn’t vote. Trump got 23% of popular vote. Clinton got 25%. And today only 30% approve his first days in office. What a man!

  15. 15 SYF Feb 1st, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    @ x-HD Rider those protesters don’t work. That’s the problem.
    Can we quit talking politics of Cyrils page?
    You liberals are making me sick.

  16. 16 BobS Feb 1st, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    SYF Trump is a liberal, and the worst of them.

  17. 17 nicker Feb 1st, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    It should become apparent to some that their yammering exposes their ignorance… “sometimes its better to keep your trap shut and be suspected of being an idiot than to open it and be proven as such”

    -nicker-

  18. 18 1550tc Feb 1st, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Yeah lets all take the 5th on politics on here for what 2 days ??

    2500.00 a month by George Soros just to protest……….sent them to build the wall

    all the complainers next time get off your fat (___/___) and vote in 2 years …..

  19. 19 NoH2oh Feb 1st, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Have President Trump reschedule when it is a bit warmer in Milwaukee, let’s say July. Invite Bikers for Trump. Sit back and enjoy snowflakes melting.

  20. 20 Blackmax Feb 1st, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Ok, a motorcycle blog has now officially turned into a political one
    & that just SUCKS !!!!
    I come here to read about cycles & escape that other crap for awhile !
    I didn’t like everything Obama did & I sure don’t like what Trump’s doing now, either !
    The hell with them both & just go ride (weather permitting)

  21. 21 Boots Feb 1st, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Its amazing how some can complain about having the President of the United states visit a company that supplies bike riders with one hell of a motorcycle that most of us ride proudly. Did you noticed which president failed to visit the factory in the last 30 yrs. ? No big surprise! I haven’t observed a blog entry complaining about that!!
    I hope a visit by the Whitehouse can be worked out in the near future.

  22. 22 Patrick Feb 1st, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Harley = American pride? Are you kidding? Do you know the percentage of imported parts on your bike? What about HD accessories and clothing? What about manufacturing bikes in India instead of the US?

  23. 23 Pat h Feb 2nd, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Nobody knows the percentage of parts because numbers can be changed to be in any body’s favor, just like the ridiculous % above, everybody was given enough time to change the outcome but they sat on there hands now they cry, protest

  24. 24 Rogue Feb 2nd, 2017 at 8:36 am

    President Donald Trump’s visit with Harley Davidson was cancelled by Harley.

    Reports are coming that Harley Davidson Executives will now go to Washington DC to talk to Donald Trump and his administration.

  25. 25 Charles Erickson Feb 2nd, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Trump is a con man and a liar. His presence at a Harley-Davidson facility would soil the name of the company. I have owned 5 Harleys, and if Trump became associated with the brand, there would never be a sixth. Regardless of their ideology, con men and thieves, not to mention mentally defective individuals, do not belong in our government. Keep your little stubby fingers off my Harley, Trump.

  26. 26 Rogue Feb 2nd, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I would like to suggest that anyone who has an interest in motorcycling pay attention to meetings with President Donald Trump and or any of his administration with Harley Davidson.
    The first meeting is expected to include imported parts used in the production of the motorcycle, but it will go deeper than that when Harley counters with comments about how EPA rules and regulations have forced them to do that to stay completive.
    Trump has made it very clear that there are going to be changes made at the EPA and many people like me are looking for that to include motorcycles.

  27. 27 hdrider Feb 2nd, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I wish the Millennials would just crawl back under the rock they came from.

  28. 28 Willyd Feb 2nd, 2017 at 10:00 am

    AH YES! I can recall a time when getting up in the morning, pouring a cup of coffee, clicking on Cril’s blog, was a great way to start the day. I actually read of motorcycles, and articles related to motorcycles. Enjoyed the readers comments on the motorcycles, etc. Now it is 75% bullshit comments on politics in the comment section. All you want a be president people go take a nice bike ride and level out a little!

  29. 29 Jeff Duval Feb 2nd, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I am reassured by the majority comments made by our American Bros. Seen from our wet & cold English Islands, we were beginning to think that World consumers outside the US might begin to shy away from visible (e.g. 3M) and invisible (e.g. Cisco Systems) American products…. Then what?…

  30. 30 burnout Feb 2nd, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Well well. I have REAL problems and this aint one of em! peace

  31. 31 Johnny Gypo Feb 2nd, 2017 at 10:55 am

    The unrest is evident, but telling. What’s really going on? This chaos has been 40 years in the making, and isn’t going to get fixed overnight. No matter what side of the isle, issue, or whatever bar or bathroom you hang out in, try coming up with a solution rather than negative decisive jabs, which do nothing positive and only perpetuate animosity.

    Give Cyril a break, OK? He deserves better. He gives us good stuff daily. The least we can do is try to reciprocate.

  32. 32 Gym Feb 2nd, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Toxic Trump and his legions cry baby goons are digging in deep for 4 years of name calling and falling on their blame-game strategy. Based on their apologist comments one would believe they lost the election. Short of selling jackboots and brown shirts any CEO would be wise to un invite the Orange Jerk from stopping over for a look-see.

  33. 33 Bobby Feb 2nd, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    This is the message sent to Harley-Davidson dealers via H-Dnet.

    Dear Dealer:

    We have said from the beginning, we don’t do division. We don’t do fear. We do coming together. United is how we roll. We stand for freedom and unity. We stand for freedom of expression.

    In response to some media commentary yesterday that was not all based in fact, we saw opinions expressed that run counter to what we’re about.

    And as a proud U.S. company for over 114 years, we welcome the opportunity to work with, and provide our perspective to, this administration on the future of U.S manufacturing and how it can help unify the country.

    In fact, tomorrow Matt Levatich and I, with other Harley-Davidson leadership, will be meeting with President Trump at the White House. We look forward to having a dialogue with the President about Harley-Davidson and the future of U.S. manufacturing.

    #UnitedWeRoll

    Mike Kennedy
    Vice President and Managing Director – U.S.

  34. 34 Doc Robinson Feb 2nd, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Wish all the cry baby snowflakes and left wing liberal loonies would jump on their Jappas and f-off. This you dummies, is a MOTORCYCLE site!

  35. 35 Brad Ervin Feb 3rd, 2017 at 9:24 am

    The election is over. Put away the angst.

    Given 8 years of presidential neglect the American motorcycle manufacturing scene could be helped by some high level promoting. I think it’s awesome that the President wanted to visit Harley. He could also swing by Iowa (a much friendlier place) and then Alabama.

    If all those protesting would just give a dollar, those 400 that were inconvenienced by the Presidential order stopping the flow of possible combatants from the laps of our enemies would be made rich.

    We are a free nation but we still have boarders and those that want to come here should be doing so for the right reason : to be an American.

  36. 36 rebel Feb 3rd, 2017 at 9:55 am

    it’s a motorcycle site but a Trump story, i’m just gonna call the protesters 99% spoiled rotten unpatriotic brats, sorry for those that fall in that category.

  37. 37 Blackmax Feb 3rd, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    If I was not 99% sure I didn’t want a Harley,
    with all the layoffs & the sacrifice of their workforce
    for the big salaries/buy-out/golden parachutes of their CEO & Board members !
    I sure am 100% not buying one now !
    We’re chicken to bring Trump to the Factory but they will sit next to him in D.C.
    while he talks all kinds megalomaniacal crap !
    As I said before I didn’t like Obama & I like Trump even less !!!
    If he gets the EPA off of motorcycling’s back that will be the ONLY good thing he’s done!
    Motorcycling & politics Do Not Mix !!!
    Don’t give a rat’s ass if Pence rides or not !
    He’s never gonna ask to ride with me anyway !!!

  38. 38 Zenaldo Feb 5th, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Easy on the fake news folks…yikes..

  39. 39 Brett H Feb 5th, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I heard Trump didnt like the Pirate costumes so many HD riders have taken to and I dont blame him. HD have gone off the rails and build quality is some real crappy stuff for US pride . Yes I own Harleys even real ones with kickstarters. No cup holders though…..

  40. 40 Batterycap Feb 6th, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Wow – the diaper crowd is always on the lookout for a way to kick Trump. I guess it makes sense, since he and Pence gave them a big-time smack-down in the election. The good news is that they don’t have a clue as to how they lost and will keep doing the same full diaper protests that will lead to their defeat in 2020. Keep it up – please.

    These so-called protesters are such candy-asses I’ll wager they keep a rag soaked in kerosene hanging out of their back pocket to keep the flies off their candy ass.

  41. 41 Blackmax Feb 7th, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Look on ANY news site for that day !
    There are the H-D execs in H-D shirts sitting next to him !
    Not Fake news !!!
    Once again, Did not like Obama, don’t like Trump either !!!!
    Nobody is whining & nobody is crying !
    Politics & cycles do not mix !!!
    Riding is supposed to be about Freedom
    freedom away from this kind of CRAP !!!!

  42. 42 AKZ Billy Feb 8th, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Kinda surprised how many I’m assuming 40 – 50 plus year old snowflake motorcycle enthusiasts are out there. If what some of you guys are saying was said about the last guy, you would all be called a bunch of racists. Yea, that’s it , maybe you just don’t like orange people!

  43. 43 beentheredonethat Feb 9th, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Snowflakes dont believe Snopes
    its just another librtard Yid Mafia tool

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