The Latest: New Balance downplays white supremacist support

BOSTON (AP) " The Latest on a white supremacist website's support of the sneaker company New Balance (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Boston-based athletic-gear company New Balance is distancing itself from a white supremacist website's call to support it for statements a company executive made backing Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

The alt-right website The Daily Stormer proclaimed New Balance the "Official Shoes of White People" this weekend after a company vice president said Trump's election was a move in the "right direction."

Some people who don't like Trump burned their New Balance shoes in protest after the company vice president's remark.

The company on Monday stressed it "does not tolerate bigotry or hate in any form." It says it has five factories in the U.S. and has employees "from all races, genders, cultures and sexual orientations."

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5:25 p.m.

A white supremacist website has declared the Boston-based footwear manufacturer New Balance the "Official Shoes of White People."

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/2gbfTEv) the alt-right website The Daily Stormer made the proclamation Saturday after New Balance vice president Matt LeBretton praised Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

LeBretton told the Wall Street Journal that Trump's election was a move in the "right direction."

People who don't like Trump burned their New Balance shoes in protest. The company later said LeBretton's comment was referencing Trump's opposition to a proposed international trade agreement.

The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin says the website is encouraging people to buy New Balance products.

New Balance couldn't be reached for comment Monday. It said after the shoes were burned it believes in "acting with the utmost integrity" and welcomes "all walks of life."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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