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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?


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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