A group of more than 5,000 bikers plan to descend on Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20 as a show of support for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Chris Cox, 48, says his group, Bikers for Trump, will be in Washington for the inauguration. He says they will be there to serve another purpose in addition to simply showing their support for the president-elect.
“In the event that we are needed, we will form a wall of meat,” Cox told Fox News’ show, “Fox & Friends,” according to the Daily Mail. Cox said the group is non-violent, but that members plan to stand up to any violent protesters.
“We’ll be shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and we’ll be toe to toe with anyone who’s going to break through police barriers,” Cox said.
Cox formed the organization in October 2015, he told The Washington Post. Since then, the group has attended rallies all over the country, growing to tens of thousands of members nationwide. The group is mostly made up of white men, many of whom are veterans.
At Trump’s campaign rallies, Bikers for Trump provided security in the form of human barricades, keeping protesters away from Trump supporters.
Cox said he was drawn to Trump because of his campaign rhetoric, specifically his calls for a smaller government.
“I’m not going to spend much time critiquing the vessel of the message,” Cox said. “It’s the message I’m interested in.”
Cox acknowledged that bikers have a reputation for being white supremacists, but that his group is not that at all. He says that Bikers for Trump is a multiracial group, which pushes for “racial reconciliation.”
In addition to Bikers for Trump, Cox has another cause he is passionate about. He has been working to have a bill passed that will allow national parks and monuments to remain open when the government is not.
“My goal is for the bill not only to pass, but for it to pass with the most co-sponsors in the history of the House of Representatives,” Cox said. “I’m optimistic that when Donald Trump sees it, he’ll be for it.”
Cox made headlines in 2013 when he was photographed mowing the lawn around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., while the government was shut down.
Sources: Daily Mail, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post