>> New Balance may have put its foot in its mouth this week with a tweet saying the election of Donald Trump represented a, quote, move in the right direction. Twitter users erupting in protest, sharing images of them trashing New Balance sneakers, even lighting them on fire. Now the Boston Bay shoe company is in damage control.
Reuters advertising and marketing reporter, Tim Baysinger.>> But whenever a brand enters itself into politics, especially a presidential election, especially this one, that was so emotional for so many people, it's always gonna cause backlash from one side.>> The company later explained it didn't intend for a broad endorsement of the president-elect, but rather support of just one issue, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
New Balance boasts made in the USA sneakers, and views the far-reaching trade agreement as bad for business, something with which president-elect Trump agrees. Still, just because a company goes political doesn't mean sales will slump. Just as Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain saw sales soar 12% in 2012 after its CEO publicly opposed same sex marriage.