Donald Trump’s use of the word “PISSed” in a speech last week has caused a wave of outrage among motorcycle riders.
The president’s remarks in Colorado, in which he slammed Harley-Davidson, have sparked outrage among riders who say the company has been unfairly targeted by the president.
The word “pissed” has become an oft-used insult in American politics.
The term is used to describe someone who is dissatisfied with their situation, which can be seen as a reflection of their level of satisfaction.
“We’re in a really difficult time right now, and I’m frustrated,” said Kevin Gossett, a spokesman for Harley-Davidsons National President, David Yost.
“We’ve been here before, I think in the 1930s, and we’ve had that type of speech.”
Harley-Davidness has been under fire from Trump for several years for a number of controversies, including its response to Hurricane Sandy, which caused thousands of layoffs.
“They’re a great company, they’re a wonderful company, and it’s not that they’re politically incorrect,” Trump said during a recent campaign rally.
“It’s just that they do a lot of things that are wrong.”
“We’ve got to protect our jobs,” Trump added.
The phrase was coined in response to the Depression era, and was originally used in the United Kingdom to describe people who felt like they were in a recession, the Associated Press reported.
The phrase became popular in the 1980s, when it was used by American football players during the NFL’s Super Bowl.
Trump’s comments in Colorado came after Harley-Daveness CEO David Yust said that the company’s stock had suffered “considerable declines” in recent months.
“I’m not sure that the way you’re describing it is appropriate, I’m not really sure that it’s a good thing,” Yost said at the time.
“I mean, I know we’re doing well, we’re very profitable, we’ve got some really great people.
Yost, who has been a prominent voice on the Republican side of the aisle for decades, also called Trump’s attack “ridiculous.”””
Yost’s comments sparked the backlash.
Yost, who has been a prominent voice on the Republican side of the aisle for decades, also called Trump’s attack “ridiculous.””
The backlash from the motorcycle community also prompted the Harley-America National President to tweet that the president’s comments were “offensive” and “disrespectful.”””
But I think you could use that term, and certainly in this case, we would like to.”
The backlash from the motorcycle community also prompted the Harley-America National President to tweet that the president’s comments were “offensive” and “disrespectful.”
“The way the president is using the word ‘POPPED OFF,’ which is a direct insult to the hard-working men and women who make up Harley- Davidson, is totally unacceptable and offensive,” the president tweeted.
“He should know better than to use it in this fashion.”
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