President-elect Donald Trump praised Bikers For Trump on Jan. 17. The motorcycle group plans to form a "wall of meat" at the inauguration on Jan. 20, if needed.
Trump tweeted: "People are pouring into Washington in record numbers. Bikers for Trump are on their way. It will be a great Thursday, Friday and Saturday!"
Chris Cox, who founded Bikers For Trump, told Fox News on Jan. 14 that his group plans to have a presence on Inauguration Day in Washington D.C.
Cox said he had confidence in the Metropolitan Police Department, Capitol Police, and U.S. Park Police, but added that his group will "form a wall of meat" in the event they are needed.
"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," Cox added.
Cox also said that his group was going to participate in an inauguration "half-time show" at a park before the inauguration parade starts.
POLITICO Magazine reported in April 2016 that Bikers For Trump worked Trump events during the campaign, which included patrolling floors at rallies and tearing up signs that belonged to protesters.
Cox said his group would not be violent, unless they are struck first:
The moment that we are assaulted the tone will definitely change. We’re certainly not going to get punched and back down. In the event that one hair is touched on a biker, you’ll see hundreds of thousands of bikers coming out of the woodwork.
Steve Amitay, the executive director and general counsel of the National Association of Security Companies, offered a different take:
I immediately thought of the Rolling Stones' use of the Hells Angels to provide security and crowd control at their infamous Altamont concert! How did that work out? If it can be shown the Trump campaign permitted them to assume this security role, and then something bad happened involving a biker security volunteer, the Trump campaign could easily be found liable for negligence.