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Harley-Davidson, the American motorcycle company, announced on Monday that it will shift production of some of its bikes overseas in order to avoid retaliatory tariffs by the European Union Picture: Getty

Trump’s week: Angry biker politics and the hard lessons of a trade war give way to a day of celebration for the American right as a sudden Supreme Court vacancy jeopardises Roe v Wade

From the beginning of his 2016 election campaign, US president Donald Trump determinedly co-opted America’s massive biker community, correctly assessing that the quickest way to America’s blue-collar vote was through its motorcycles.

He was right. Bikers for Trump – Harley Bikers for Trump, to be precise – became his most vociferous supporters. Decked out in leather, pro-Trump tattoos and ingenious adaptations of the American flag, they appeared at every Trump rally, providing a soundtrack...

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