Donald Trump and Thousands of Bikers at Rolling Thunder Rally

New York Times writes “Donald J. Trump, the Manhattan real estate mogul who boasts about his wealth, maintains a fleet of aircraft and sells his own brand of neckties, paid respects on Sunday to an incongruous constituency.

“Look at all these bikers,” Mr. Trump, standing before a crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial, said with admiration. “Do we love the bikers? Yes. We love the bikers.”

Mr. Trump was addressing a gathering at the 29th annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle run, a vast event over Memorial Day weekend that is dedicated to accounting for military members taken as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action.

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Bikers assembled at the Pentagon before riding en masse into the nation’s capital, with many dressed in leather vests covered in patches, their bikes rumbling throughout the afternoon.

For the blunt-spoken Mr. Trump, who likes to stress his desire to strengthen the military and improve how veterans are treated, the gathering provided a receptive audience, if one where he might otherwise seem out of place.

“He speaks what’s on his mind and means what he says,” said Tom Christian, 43, a heating and air-conditioning contractor from Tennessee. “And that’s what a biker does. That’s the way we are: We say what we think. If you like it, you like it. If you don’t, go the other way.”

The warm embrace from the crowd gave no hint of the controversy that Mr. Trump incited last year when he denigrated the military service of Senator John McCain of Arizona, a former prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Mr. Trump said Mr. McCain, a fellow Republican, was not a war hero, saying, “I like people that weren’t captured, O.K.?”

2 thoughts on “Donald Trump and Thousands of Bikers at Rolling Thunder Rally

  • May 31, 2016 at 2:05 am
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    You will notice that there was not one Trump protester at this large group of veterans and supporters that’s because they knew better than to mess with these Rolling Thunder guys and gals. The same thing with the NRA when Trump was invited to speak and was also endorsed by the NRA which has 6 million members there was no protesters anywhere around the place because they knew better than to show up.

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  • May 31, 2016 at 6:46 am
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    Trump clearly understands that the road to the White House will be fueled by the votes of the white working class.

    Time and time again, the GOP political class have tailored their election message to what would be acceptable to the denizens at DC cocktail circuit. A new dawn is here.

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