New Balance is rejoicing in Donald Trump’s election win, primarily because opposed the Trans-Pacific free trade agreement.
“The Obama administration turned a deaf ear to us and frankly, with President-elect Trump, we feel things are going to move in the right direction,” Matthew LeBretton, New Balance’s vice president of public affairs, said in an interview on Wednesday.
But fans of the sneaker company aren’t pleased with their support, and have been burning the shoes in effigy.
— skreetware (@milftears) November 10, 2016
— M.A. Fortin (@SeniorTeenager) November 10, 2016
— MA$E (@_deehKING) November 10, 2016
In a follow up statement, New Balance made it clear why they’re supporting Trump:
“As the only major company that still makes athletic shoes in the United States, New Balance has a unique perspective on trade in that we want to make more shoes in the United States, not less,” the company said in a statement Thursday. It said it continues to support the trade positions of Trump as well as those of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.