There is a whiff of civil war in the air. Just like the last time, many innocents are eager to volunteer.
The lead recruiter yesterday was Chris Cox, a 47-year-old chainsaw artist and the founder and spokesman for an idea whose time has apparently come called “Bikers For Trump.”
The Republican national Convention starts today in Cleveland. The nominee will be Donald Trump who is proudly “not a politician.” Not a politician means that when somebody finally gets around to naming a bridge after Trump, probably the first thing he will do is burn it. Many millions of Americans loathe Trump and thousands of them are expected to protest his nomination. And since this is no longer a nation where people who disagree can just ignore each other, many news commentators expect Cleveland to become something like the Maximum Security Penitentiary of Manhattan, in the 1981 film classic Escape From New York.
In that movie, after Air Force One crashes into the hellish prison of Manhattan, an anti hero named Snake Plissken is sent across the Hudson from New Jersey to save the President. Yesterday, Chris Cox appointed himself Trump’s Snake Plissken, if the need should arise, and he vowed to bring an army of motorcycle badasses with him.
Cox told CNN that “as many as seven in 10 of his Bikers for Trump have a military background. Their experience in combat, he suggests, could serve them well if the lid comes off the host city’s tinderbox.”
“Our first line of defense will be dialogue and diplomacy,” he told the cable news network. “And if that doesn’t work, then we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Most bikers I know would rather have their ass kicked than their feelings hurt.”
Cox sees his role as protecting other, less badass, Trump supporters. He said he and other bikers are prepared “to form a meat wall” to protect Trump’s fans.
Time reported that Bikers For Trump wants “tactical team leadership,” in Cleveland. Time did not report what that means.
It is legal to carry unconcealed firearms in public in Ohio and Cox suggested to the news magazine that his followers, whoever they are, will be armed. “I don’t want to encourage, I’m not going to discourage,” Cox told Time. “These guys have to do. I want them to feel safe. But I’ve also explained to them that (if) the situation gets out of hand, and they have a firearm on their side and they pull it out because they’re nervous, they could end up becoming collateral damage as a result of the police trying to calm the situation.”
Cox told leftish MSNBC “We’ve got bikers coming in from around the country. We could have anywhere from a thousand to ten thousand bikers coming into town. We hope to be a calming factor. Bikers are citizen-crusaders from all walks of life…. We are here to stand with law enforcement.”