Chris Cox, the leader of the Bikers for Trump, has stated that his group’s members plan on serving as unofficial security during President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Cox’s group had also acted as a physical buffer against protesters during the Republican National Convention in July.
On Jan. 14, Cox asserted that his group was prepared to form a physical barrier against anti-Trump protesters while it holds its own celebratory ceremony in Washington, D.C., on inauguration day.
“In the event that we are needed, we will certainly form a wall of meat,” Cox told Fox News. “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 barricades.”
Members of Bikers for Trump secured a permit to congregate at John Marshall Park in Washington, D.C., which the Inaugural Parade will pass by on Jan. 20.
Cox added that he believed the Metropolitan Police Department and other local law enforcement were fully capable of ensuring security during the Trump inauguration, but that his group would be willing to offer their unofficial services, should violence occur.
As of Jan. 16, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has estimated that 63 protest groups will be present in Washington, D.C., on the day of Trump’s swearing in ceremony, USA Today reports.
Overall, an estimated 1 million protesters are expected to hold demonstrations across the country on inauguration day. The most high-profile protest against the president-elect, the Women’s March on Washington, is slated to take place on Jan. 21 and is expected to have a turnout of 200,000.
In October 2015, the Bikers for Trump group held its first rally in support of the president-elect in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Cox asserts that his group has grown to roughly 200,000 members and has expressed a desire to turn the collection of motorcyclists into a politically powerful voting bloc.
“Bikers are strongly organized locally,” Cox told The Washington Post. “They just haven’t been organized nationally before.”
The group has vocally advocated for a strict federal vetting of Muslim immigrants and for Trump to follow through on his campaign pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Cox asserts that his group is against white nationalism and that his own personal motivation is for Trump to champion a bill to keep national monuments and parks open in the event of a government shutdown, legislation that he has advocated for since 2013.
The motorcyclist added that while he has personally spoken with Trump, he has yet to bring up the bill in their conversations.
“I’m optimistic that when Donald Trump sees it, he’ll be for it,” Cox concluded.
Sources: Fox News (2), USA Today, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Elvert Barnes/Flickr