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Maine Brewery Not Pleased With Trump Campaign–So They Closed Doors For Day

July 22, 2020

The title of this post could have been Who Is Pleased With Donald Trump?

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The owners of a Maine brewery said they were taken by surprise when they learned this week that their business would serve as the backdrop for a high-profile event in support of President Trump’s reelection.

According to a press release on Trump’s campaign website, the “Women for Trump Bus Tour” was scheduled to host a dinner featuring Lara Trump — the president’s daughter-in-law and senior campaign adviser — at Stars & Stripes Brewing Co. in Freeport on Wednesday.

The gathering was going to be the first of three stops during a two-day bus tour through Maine and New Hampshire meant to “engage voters through round tables, meet-and-greets, and sit-downs with business owners and local leaders across the two states,” according to the details.

But Stars & Stripes said on Facebook Tuesday that the logistics were not fully divulged from the start, and as a result the company decided to close on Wednesday.

“Due to [an] unauthorized political event being held at our brewery we will not open our doors tomorrow,” the veteran-owned-and-operated brewery said in a statement. “Stars & Stripes Brewing was created to support veterans, services members, and the community. We do not support or take sides in political agendas.”

When someone said in a comment on the Facebook post that the statement about closing was vague, the company clarified what had happened.

”There was supposed to be a Trump support event here at our brewery, though we were never told about it,” the owners wrote.

After finding out additional details Monday — including the campaign asking him if the Secret Service could come do a sweep-through of his business and if he’d greet Lara Trump and others, he said — and then seeing it in the Bangor Daily News, Nadeau called organizers Tuesday morning to cancel the appearance.

 

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