Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Bikers for Trump rev up in Florida

Bikers for Trump

Bikers for Trump

Bikers for Trump



A lot of Republicans are terrified that Donald Trump would be general election poison as the Republican presidential nominee. But ask yourself: Can you imagine hundreds of leather-clad bikers turning out to rally for Marco Rubio? Or Jeb Bush? or Hillary Clinton?

Donald Trump? Perhaps. In a sign of Trump's potential for expanding the GOP electorate, a grass roots group called Bikers for Trump is organizing a series of pro-Trump rallies across Florida, starting Sunday at 3 p.m. at the High Octane Saloon in Homosassa. Another is tentatively planned for Feb. 13 at the Dixie Roadhouse in Cape Coral and around March 12 in Daytona.

Chris Cox, a 47-year-old chain saw artist from south Carolina, said he spent several months surveying fellow bikers, and found overwhelmingly their top issues include fighting ISIS, combating illegal immigration, and standing behind America's veterans. And overwhelmingly, he said, they see Trump as the best candidate on those issues.

"Bikers are citizen-crusaders. They're very active in their communities, but they haven't been that active in (presidential elections). It's taken Donald Trump to unite them," Cox said in a phone interview.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 21, 2016 4:03pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours