The campaign of President Donald Trump moved a Wednesday event to be headlined by the president’s daughter-in-law after a Freeport brewery canceled and its owners said they were misled over the scope of the event.
Brad and Nancy Nadeau, the owners of Stars and Stripes Brewing, reached out to the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday after an article posted on Monday night cited a Trump campaign news release saying the brewery as the first stop of a “Women For Trump” bus tour on Wednesday evening. The tour is scheduled to end on Thursday in New Hampshire.
The Nadeaus said on Tuesday they had initially been told that some members of the campaign were going to come in for a beer while getting pizza from an adjacent restaurant. Brad Nadeau said he was told late Monday that Lara Trump, the Republican president’s daughter-in-law, would be there and reporters may come as well, but he did not know it would be a formal event.
Then, the Nadeaus said they were surprised to see their brewery in online Trump event listings and deluged by negative comments after news of the event spread. Brad Nadeau said he called the campaign to cancel the event on Tuesday morning.
Spokespeople for the Trump campaign in Maine did not respond to phone calls and messages seeking comment on Tuesday, but an amended release sent on Tuesday afternoon said the 5:15 p.m. event was moved to Jimmy The Greek’s, a restaurant in Old Orchard Beach.
Stars and Stripes does not host political events or endorse candidates. Brad Nadeau, a Marine veteran of the Iraq war, said it hosts fundraisers for other causes, including veteran groups. Stars and Stripes is not “anti-Trump” or “anti-anything,” he said. The brewery is not politically involved and will now close on Wednesday because of the attention, he said.
“I tried so hard to keep this brewery positive, and we haven’t had any backlash because we don’t do anything that’s negative,” he said. “But when it comes to politics, people are so far on either side.”
Other high-profile Trump advisers — Mercedes Schlapp, Katrina Pierson and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi — are set to attend the Maine campaign swing along with several Maine officials including Republican 2nd Congressional District nominee Dale Crafts.
Trump won Maine’s 2nd District in a historic electoral split of the state in 2016 and visited the state in June for a fisheries roundtable in Bangor and a tour of Puritan Medical Products in Guilford, where he said he plans to win the entire state this year. Maine has not backed a Republican presidential candidate since George H.W. Bush in 1988.