Blake Farms cancels planned Trump rally after social media backlash

Posted at 3:14 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 15:27:30-04

ARMADA, Mich. (WXYZ) — Blake's Farms in Armada has canceled a planned rally for President Trump and supporting the police that was organized by a Republican candidate for Congress.

Lisa McLain, who is running for the Republican nomination in Michigan's 10th Congressional District, organized the event that would feature former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.

The event was posted to Facebook and people were angry with the company for allowing the event to happen. The event post has since been taken down.

Several people pointed to Blake's Kinder Cider series, which is the hard cider series that helps raise funds for organizations. The Rainbow Seeker cider is to raise awareness for the LBGTQ community, the Saint Cheri helps a Detroit nonprofit helping homelessness and FIDO supports Pets for Patriots.

In a statement, Blake's said it was a "miscommunication" and they had originally agreed to allow McLain to rent a private space thinking it was a small gathering.

"When we learned that the McClain campaign was positioning this as an event to support President Trump & using the Blake's Family name to do so, we immediately canceled the event."

Andrew Blake later posted a video saying that McClain had reached out to them for a private event, which had previously been used for people of all political parties to hold private events and paying for it.

"We should have done our diligence to vet that further," he said, adding that there is a family politics dynamic that they go through like all families in the country.

The McClain campaign said that the event has not been canceled, and it will instead be held somewhere else in Macomb County.