In 2001, disaffected, Gore-supporting snowflakes shut down various parts of the Bush inauguration after increasingly violent crowds pelted his motorcade with eggs during his procession down Pennsylvania Avenue. And while many have predicted a similar fate for the Trump administration this Friday with protesters already descending upon D.C. amid vows to "paralyze the city", Trump has one advantage that Bush did not, namely 5,000 "Bikers for Trump" who have said they will form a "wall of meat" to guard against any protesters looking to disrupt the festivities.
Chris Cox, the founder of the pro-Trump group, has said that roughly 5,000 of the club's 200,000 members will ride to Washington, D.C., and attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Appearing on Fox Friends, Cox said that attendees will be prepared to "form a wall of meat" and go "toe-to-toe with anyone that is going to break through any police barriers."
"The bikers are certainly used to being outnumbered and we are prepared to form a wall of meat. We're anticipating a celebration here. We don't anticipate any problems. We have a strict code of conduct where we don't condone violence. But again in the event that we're needed, you can certainly count on the Bikers for Trump."
"We'll be shoulder-to-shoulder with our brothers and we'll be toe-to-toe with anyone that is going to break through any police barriers, that's going to be assaulting women, spitting on them, throwing things at them. We are anticipating a peaceful transition of power."
"The backbone of the biker community is the veteran. So these are guys that aren't really used to backing down. You certainly won't see bikers out there screaming, calling for destruction of private property or the death of police officers."
As we pointed out last week, Trump's inauguration is expected to attract up to 750,000 protesters, some of whom have vowed to "paralyze the city", from anti-Trump groups including DisruptJ20 and RefuseFacism.org.
Several protest groups planning large-scale demonstrations have permits in place and have already held organizational meetings, among them the collaborative DisruptJ20.
“We’re planning a series of massive, direct actions that will shut down the inauguration ceremonies and any related celebrations,” the group says. “We’re also planning to paralyze the city.”
Organizers say they are targeting everything from the parade to the balls and plan to use blockades and protesters to stop traffic, public transit and parties.
The group RefuseFacism.org is planning a small-scale protest Saturday in the city’s McPherson Square, just blocks from the White House, that organizers hope will grow into larger inauguration-weekend protests.
The group burned U.S. flags this summer at the Democratic and Republican national conventions and this week tried to disrupt the Senate confirmation hearing for Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions to become Trump’s attorney general.
“I wouldn’t want to meet with [Trump], but I would say to him, ‘You’re a fascist. Your regime is illegitimate.’ And it must not be allowed to take power,” the group’s Carl Dix told Fox on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Dix acknowledged the group doesn’t have a federal or city permit to protest but still intends to “stop the regime.”
We wish all the protesters the best of luck, we're sure your efforts will truly make a positive difference in the world.