Michigan Hard Cider Company Cancels Trump-Backing Candidate's Event

July 27, 2020, 5:35 PM

Candidate Lisa McClain

Blake’s Hard Cider of Macomb County has canceled a political event at its orchard in Armada for Trump supporter Lisa McClain, a Republican congressional candidate. 

Facing threats of a consumer boycott, co-owner Andrew Blake posted a video on Facebook saying that it rents out space to candidates of all persuasions, but this particular event set for Friday stepped over the line by suggesting the Blake family was a supporter. 

In a statement on Facebook, the cider company stated:

We apologize to our friends, fans and supporters for the miscommunication that occurred related to the Lisa McClain event. Blake’s initially agreed to allow Mrs. McClain to rent private space under the assumption that it was a small private gathering, but when we learned that the McClain campaign was positioning this as an event to support President Trump & using the Blake’s Family name to do so, we immediately canceled the event.

The Blake’s family has a long-standing tradition of allowing members of all political parties to rent space to hold small private events at our facilities as a gesture of public service, but the promotion and positioning of this event went beyond the scope of what we are comfortable with as a family and as a business. We hope that you can forgive us for this honest mistake, as we will continue to strive every day to be an inclusive company serving all members of our local communities.

Billed as "An Event Supporting Donald Trump & Our Police," its included Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr.  

The candidate posted a notice Monday saying a new location is being sought.

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