Donald Trump held a rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, with thousands of motorcyclists in attendance. The Republican nominee praised veterans a day before the Memorial Day holiday and threw jabs at reporters he called “lowlifes.”
The billionaire chose to hold his rally strategically on the same day as the “Rolling Thunder” motorcycle rally. The annual motorcycle rally is an effort to raise awareness for prisoners of war and soldiers that remain missing in action.
“It’s our day, and we have to be very proud of it, and we are very proud of it,” he said in respects to Memorial Day.
Trump mocked an unnamed general he saw on television. The unnamed general discussed Trump’s comments on America’s military protection of Japan stating, “Doesn’t Mr. Trump know that Japan is paying 50 percent.” Trump asserts that Japan ought to pay for the entire cost of America’s military protection in the country.
The motorcycle rally draws in hundreds of thousands of bikers from across the country, according to past statistics.
Official attendance numbers could not be verified by the Trump campaign. The event did not draw the crowds that Donald Trump had hoped. “I thought this would be like Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech,” stated Trump. Dr. King spoke to a crowd that lined the streets from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. Trump’s crowd did not fill the space between the pool and the memorial.