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Did Harley Davidson's CEO Call President Trump 'a Moron'?

Matthew Levatich was accused of calling Donald Trump a "moron" after the president objected to the company moving some operations to Thailand.

Published Jun 27, 2018

Harley-Davidson's chief executive officer Matthew Levatich called President Trump "a moron."

On 26 June 2018, a rumor started in a sourceless tweet asserting that Harley Davidson's chief executive officer, Matthew Levatich, called President Donald Trump "a moron":

The tweet appeared to reference remarks made by President Donald Trump about Harley-Davidson's decision to move some manufacturing outside the United States:

Versions of the claim circulated on Facebook, too, again without a source or link:

harley davidson trump moron

In some versions, users claimed Levatich used the word "moron" in a statement. No such statement exists. Not unlike a rumor claiming that Michelle Obama orchestrated Roseanne Barr's firing from her ABC sitcom, the rumor seemingly stemmed from a single tweet with no additional information and it was not substantiated.

We contacted Harley-Davidson to ask for more details. A media representative affirmed the claim was untrue:

Thanks for your message. That tweet is completely fake.


Cheng, Evelyn.   "Trump Threatens Harley-Davidson: If It Moves Operations Overseas, 'They Will Be Taxed Like Never Before!'"     CNBC.   26 June 2018.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.