Trump Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend at Huge D.C. Biker Rally
Donald Trump is planning a Memorial Day weekend visit with one of his favorite constituencies: bikers.
As hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists stream into the nation's capital for Rolling Thunder, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is planning an appearance on Sunday, campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said.
"I am doing it in honor of the great bikers who have been totally supportive of my campaign and now I want to be supportive of them," Trump said in a statement to Bloomberg Politics. "I look forward to it!"
The rally, called the "First Amendment Demonstration Run," starts at the North Pentagon parking lot in Arlington, Virginia, crosses into the District and circles the National Mall. Trump will speak at 2:30 pm from the Lincoln Memorial, according to his schedule.
At Trump rallies, motorcycle enthusiasts frequently line the entrances to show their support as protesters do the opposite just steps away. A central part of Trump's appeal to them: a shared belief that self-interested politicians are degrading the military, ignoring veterans and running “a sad government,” as a letter about this weekend’s ride published in December by Rolling Thunder organizers said.
"We are fighting wars and seeking freedom for countries whose people hate us and want to destroy our way of live [sic]," the letter said. "Remember the history of WWII, the last war we fought to really win!"