Bikers’ Promise Deters Protesters’ Violence at Trump’s Phoenix Rally
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, held a rally in Phoenix over the weekend, speaking before thousands of supporters wearing trademark red “Make America Great Again” baseball caps and Trump T-shirts, waving “TRUMP” signs, and chanting “USA,” but this time without fearing they would be ambushed when they left the arena.
Scenes of violence erupting outside Trump rallies, like those in Chicago and San Jose, did not develop outside Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum, as feared.
There were no incidents of women, cornered by men hiding their identities with bandanas like “Wild West” banditos being pelted with raw eggs and rotten fruit. No elderly couples were chased down like prey and bloodied for the “sin” of attending a political rally.
No police horses were assaulted by anti-Trump rioters – protesters don’t cheer when animals are brought to the ground.
No tear gas was used to disperse an angry crowd, nor did police have to deploy in defensive gear.
That is not to say legitimate protest was absent – Trump is an outspoken candidate who engenders passion on both sides of the issues – but those who wanted to demonstrate against him met didn’t go to the Coliseum, but met at a park more than a mile away, hours before the Trump rally was set to begin.
A giant inflatable Trump proved a harmless focal point for the protesters who did just that – protested, without spiraling into rioters bent on violence.
The explanation for the peaceful and lawful protests may lie with last week’s announcement that Trump supporters were going to be under the protection of bikers from The Lions Guard Arizona.
While not a motorcycle gang conjuring up terrifying images of hardened, leather-clad Hell’s Angels, the mere promise of the Lions Guard was enough to deter the anti-Trump rioters from the violence seen at other Trump rallies.
“We’re going to stand between them and any protesters that come onto the property and hopefully protect them from any bodily harm, should it get to that point,” said Lion member Cindy Perrin.
Perrin, who is a retired cop like most of the Lions, said the group was not expecting trouble, but, “If supporters have any problems, they’ll be able to locate us and ask us for help.”
Apparently, just the knowledge that they would be on hand was enough.
Source: 100 Percent Fed Up