As the presidential elections slowly come to an end, GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump is looking to consolidate his position and hopefully clench the coveted office. As he looked to garner support from veterans, the real estate billionaire showed up as part of leather – clad contingent of riders in Washington looking to pay their respects to the soldiers who gave their lives in the numerous battles that America has been involved in, as well as those who are still missing in action.
Motorcyclists from all over the country came together, meeting at the National Mall close to the Lincoln Memorial to see the annual ‘’Rolling Thunder’’ event. On this particular instance, they were also keen on hearing what the Republican presidential candidate had to say.
“We’re going to rebuild our military and we’re going to take care of our veterans,” Trump remarked, addressing the multitudes that had gathered to hear him speak. During the course of the rally, Trump declared that the illegal immigrants in the country were getting better care and attention from the state than its very own decorated veterans.
“We’re not going to allow that to happen any longer,” he quipped. This comes as Trump seeks to make amends with the veteran population which he angered last year, after claiming that John McCain had actually not participated in the war effort. This is in spite of the fact that McCain used to be a Navy fighter pilot and went through the harsh realities of being a prisoner of war as well as being tortured after his plane was brought down during the Vietnam War.
This time around, Trump was clever not to mention McCain at any point during the rally. The crowd was very pleased with his presentation and hoisted signs that said, “Bikers for Trump” and “Make America Great Again.”
Speaking about his relationship with the veterans, Leonard Westberry had this to say about Trump, “I don’t know if he can fix (veterans’ issues), but he’s the only one I think will try.’’ Westberry admitted that he would be looking to vote for Trump once the elections came round the corner.
“It’s awesome that Trump is here. … That’s a good thing,” said Ralph Giannola, 65, who said he had not decided whether to support Trump in November. I just don’t want to see any rioting. I mean, protests are OK. I don’t want to see anybody get hurt,” he added.