Chris Cox, the chainsaw artist who is variously described as being from Northern Virginia and South Carolina and who last year founded a group called Bikers For Trump, told Fox News over the weekend that he intends to command a “wall of meat” to stand shoulder to shoulder with brothers and toe to toe with anyone to keep the peace at President Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration this Friday in Washington, D.C.
Cox vowed about the same thing last July at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. That convention was generally peaceful but whether Cox deserves any credit for that or not is debatable.
Cox was there. He made several tough talking television appearances in the days leading up to the convention. On the other hand, the city of Cleveland did get a $50 million federal grant before the convention. Thirty million dollars of that was spent on police overtime pay and about $20 million was spent on police equipment including 10,000 sets of plastic handcuffs and 2000 sets of “riot gear.” The federal government also deployed 3,000 federal police to the city. And Cleveland also surrounded the convention site with 3.7 miles of steel fence.
Several protests are planned to either coincide or closely follow the inauguration. The most widely reported is the Women’s March on Washington which is scheduled for Saturday. Organizers say that event is intended to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.” About 194,000 women have said they will attend.
According to Cox, Bikers For Trump should have the women outnumbered. He told Fox his group now has 200,000 members. “In the event that we are needed, we will certainly form a wall of meat,” Cox said. “We’ll be shoulder to shoulder with our brothers. And we’ll be toe to toe with anyone who’s going to break through police barricades.”
Brietbart News also reported last week that “a coalition of far-left protesters is converging on Washington, D.C. preparing to cause chaos at the Trump Inauguration.”
In addition, Cox is organizing “a celebratory ceremony to honor veterans” at John Marshall Park near the National Mall.
Last week The Washington Post reported, “Cox wants to ensure the group he founded, Bikers for Trump, strengthens its political muscle during Trump’s presidency and beyond.”
Chris Cox first found fame during a government shutdown in October 2013. While normal government services like gardening were suspended, Cox used a thrift store lawnmower to mow the grass near the Lincoln Memorial. Police shooed him away but the next day he gave a press conference at which he declared, “I figured out that I could play a . . . valuable role as a janitor, if you will. So I started cleaning up the overflowing trash cans. I bought a blower and I’ve been blowing all of the trails, and today I cut the grass out here.”
At the time, Cox was in Washington for an art show.
A month later, Cox appeared at another press event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where the owner of a company called Belmont Power Equipment presented Cox with a Stihl MS 660 chain saw. “I didn’t set out to get this chain saw,” Cox said, “but I’m flattered.”
At the time Cox said he planned to use the saw and $1,701 in cash donations to fund the creation of The Memorial Militia, a volunteer group that would do gardening for disabled veterans.