For Immediate Release
August 28, 2018
Contact: Courtney Beyer, [email protected]
MADISON — As Harley-Davidson celebrates its 115th anniversary this week, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin launched a new video, “Hiding on Harley” showing Scott Walker’s failure to stand up for Wisconsin as President Trump’s trade war hurts businesses and workers.
Earlier this summer, Harley Davidson announced that due to Trump’s tariffs, they would be forced to move some production overseas. This announcement prompted Trump to float the idea of a possible boycott, which would have only hurt the company further. But instead of standing up for Wisconsin businesses and Wisconsin workers, Walker ducked his head for an entire day to avoid angering Trump.
His slow and reluctant response should be a warning to any Wisconsin company: Scott Walker does not have your back.
“Scott Walker cannot be trusted to stand up for Wisconsin businesses or workers hurt by the harmful policies coming out of Washington,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Courtney Beyer. “When Harley-Davidson needed an ally against Trump’s attacks, Scott Walker was nowhere to be found. If this is how Walker treats his “favorite” company, imagine how badly he’ll treat everyone else.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “For More Than 24 Hours, Walker Would Not Say If He Supported Or Opposed A [Harley] Boycott, But Late Monday He Came Out Against It.” “GOP Gov. Scott Walker and the two Republicans running for U.S. Senate broke with President Donald Trump and said they oppose a boycott of Harley-Davidson Inc. on Monday after avoiding the issue for as long as they could before Tuesday’s primaries. For more than 24 hours, Walker would not say if he supported or opposed a boycott, but late Monday he came out against it. ” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/13/18]
Walker Tweet: “As I Said Yesterday, I Want Harley-Davidson To Prosper Here In The State Of WI — So Of Course I Don’t Want A Boycott Of Harley-Davidson.”“‘As I said yesterday, I want Harley-Davidson to prosper here in the State of WI — so of course I don’t want a boycott of Harley-Davidson,’ Walker tweeted. ‘And one of the best ways for that to happen is to do what the President has called for and that is get to no tariffs as soon as possible.’” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/13/18]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Walker For A Day Avoided Saying Whether He Supported A Harley Boycott, Issuing A Statement That Said He Wanted ‘Harley-Davidson To Prosper’ But That Did Not Say Whether He Backed Or Opposed A Boycott.” “Walker for a day avoided saying whether he supported a Harley boycott, issuing a statement that said he wanted ‘Harley-Davidson to prosper’ but that did not say whether he backed or opposed a boycott. Trump posted his tweet soon after the New York Times published a story that quoted Harley owners who were critical of the company’s plans to move some production overseas.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/13/18]
Associated Press: Walker Harley Statement “Came After Walker Initially On Sunday Did Not Directly Address The Boycott Call.” “Walker, Wisconsin’s most prominent Harley owner who faces a tough re-election bid in November, tweeted Monday afternoon that ‘of course I don’t want a boycott of Harley-Davidson.’ That came after Walker initially on Sunday did not directly address the boycott call.” [Associated Press, 8/14/18]
Walker: “I Would Love To Be The President Of The Harley-Davidson Motor Company, But I Can’t Be The President Of Harley- Davidson, So We’ll See What The Future Holds Beyond That.” CAVUTO: OK, I clearly failed. I thought I would get you tired and you would slip up and say something, but that did not happen.” WALKER: “Neil, I can tell you, simply, in the city that’s the home of Harley-Davidson, I would love to be the president of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, but I can’t be the president of Harley- Davidson, so we’ll see what the future holds beyond that.” [Cavuto, Fox Business Network, 8/21/13; VIDEO: 10:24]
Walker: “For Me, One Of The Best Things I Do Is Hop On My Harley Davidson Road King And Spin Around For An Hour Or Two On A Nice, Warm Summer Night.” STEVE WALTERS: “Well it’s the summer break, what are you and your family going to do for vacation?” WALKER: “For us, I get a blip over the fourth of July weekend and then for the national Governors Association, it’s a couple days out there, my family will come with me, mainly because there are many other Governors, both Democrat and Republican, who have kids, and so commiserating a little would be good. For me, one of the best things I do is hop on my Harley Davidson Road Kind and spin around for an hour or two on a nice, warm summer night.” [Steve Walters Interview, 7/1/11; VIDEO, 21:07]