With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trump's bikers on security. A 'wall of meat' or load of B.S.?

DT is counting on a right-wing biker battalion to pull security duty at his inauguration. He imagines a horde of thousands of "Bikers for Trump" are rolling into D.C. at this very moment, to save him from what he imagines as an assault from the half-million angry, but peaceful protesters expected at the Women's March on Washington.

Chris Cox, the founder of “Bikers for Trump,” promised “Fox & Friends” on Sunday that the group will attend the inauguration and will form a “wall of meat” if necessary, signaling that biker gangs would try to stop protesters attempting to disrupt the swearing-in ceremony.

It's a neo-fascist wet dream.

This from MediaMatters:

During the Chairman’s Global Dinner pre-inauguration event, President-elect Donald Trump bragged about the “record crowds coming” to celebrate his inauguration, including a group called “bikers for Trump.” Trump regaled his audience with tales of photos showing thousands of bikers purportedly making their way to Washington D.C., a fake news story uncovered by BuzzFeed hours before Trump went on stage.
I saw the bikers for Trump. Boy, they had a scene today. I don't know if I'd want to ride one of those, but they do like me. That's like additional security with those guys. They're rough... And they had a scene today where they had helicopters flying over a highway someplace in this country and they had thousands of those guys coming into town. 
And Trump even had the pictures to prove it. Only...
This picture and many others being tweeted to intimidate protesters, turned out to be fakes. This one, unrelated to Trump's inauguration, was published on a blog in 2013 about how to ride safely in large groups.

Rape, murder! / It's just a shot away / It's just a shot away

Not to say that there won't be some right-wing bikers coming to the inauguration. But before hiring them to do security, Trump would do well to talk to Mick Jagger and the Stones who have some experience in this area, dating back to their 1969 Gimme Shelter concert at Altamont, CA. The Rolling Stones’ management put the Hells Angels in charge of security and paid them in beer.

Big mistake... four fans died including one who was stabbed by the bikers. The resulting melee was captured in the 1970 film, Gimme Shelter.

I'm sure Team Trump and the Secret Service will come up with a better security plan. But these days, you can't be too sure.

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