‘Bikers for Trump’ Prepare to Rally Ahead of Several Planned Inauguration Day Protests
Professional agitators for the left thought they had pre-empted the permits for all public spaces in Washington D.C. during inauguration weekend, but a bikers group outsmarted them and secured a location for their own demonstration in support of the president-elect as he takes the oath of office on January 20.
The founder of Bikers for Trump, Chris Cox, was forced to negotiate with staff at the National Park Service after learning that the necessary permits for gatherings had been given to the anti-Trump groups aiming to disrupt the inaugural events.
Cox says the permit manager discouraged him from applying for a permit.
“She was telling me that they had already given all the permits out to the anti-Trump movement — permits for maybe 100,000 or 200,000 people. I wasn’t happy.”
Bikers for Trump, the largest pro-Trump organization to request a permit, was allowed to submit a request to gather in John Marshall Park near the U.S. Capitol building, which is not far from the official parade route.
Cox said the permit is for 5,000 people, although he believes as many as 10,000 bikers may show up, many from as far away as California and Florida, and the permit is necessary to prevent confrontations between the anti-Trump disrupters and the pro-Trump bikers.
“I told her I had thousands and thousands of bikers coming into town, and if she didn’t give me a spot, they were going to be just mingling around and would end up hanging out where all the Trump protesters are, and there’s going to be big problems and then people are going to wonder why.”
Motorcycle clubs often formed human barriers between anti-Trump protesters and the candidate during the campaign, becoming almost a political movement on their own.
Anti-Trump groups bent on disrupting the inaugural, including the actual oath of office on the steps of the Capitol at noon will far outnumber the Bikers for Trump, with some requesting permits for tens of thousands of protesters.
The Gathering for Justice’s “Women’s March on Washington” to be held the day after the inauguration, January 21, expects 200,000 demonstrators to “come together in solidarity to express to the new administration and congress that women’s rights are human rights and our power cannot be ignored,” according to its official permit request.
Mr. Cox says he isn’t worried about violence.
“I’m confident the police have learned from Arizona, Chicago and a lot of other places where things got out of hand. I think it will be a lot like Cleveland and they will have beaucoup police presence.”
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