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Bikers for Trump Roar Into DC Area With Message of Unity



    Bikers For Trump Arrive in Washington

    The Bikers for Trump caravanned from Woodbridge, Virginia, to Washington D.C., ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration. News4's Chris Gordon reports. (Published Friday, Jan. 20, 2017)

    Bikers for Trump roared through the D.C. area Thursday with a message they want to share with America this inauguration weekend.

    The bikers gathered in Woodbridge, Virginia, Thursday morning and rolled north on Interstate 95, crossing the Key Bridge into Georgetown on their motorcycles.

    They also stopped at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the men and women some of them served with in the military, people who made the ultimate sacrifice in service for their country.

    Their message is unity, said John Caycelo of Dumfries, Virginia.

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    “That's what our country needs right now – unity,” he said.

    They brought the Trump Unity Bridge from Michigan and drove the Trumpmobile from Florida. Its owners, who are from Finland, said it’s made from 43 different cars.

    “This was converted to a Trumpmobile because we all in Florida and Florida was one of the toughest states to be won,” owner Pastor Martti Falck said.

    A rider from Brazil who now lives in Arlington and became a U.S. citizen said immigration is the reason she rides for Trump.

    "I am an immigrant myself, and for me to get all the papers that I needed to become a citizen was a very hard process," Leticia Stanley said. "And I did it the right way. And there are a lot of immigrants that do not do that ... They come here illegally and I do not agree with that."

    The bikers anticipate they will encounter anti-Trump protests during the inauguration.

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    "As long as it's peaceful, the biker community is here to see a peaceful transition of power," said R.C. Pittman of Florida Bikers for Trump.

    Bikers for Trump said protesters expected to demonstrate against the new president have nothing to fear as long as they're peaceful.

    “The First Amendment guarantees them the right to protest,” Pittman said. “It guarantees them the right to say anything they want to say. It doesn't give the right to get violent.”

    Bikers for Trump will hold a rally on Inauguration Day along the parade route and end the day with a Bikers Ball.

    They said they want to be considered a voting block political candidates will have to deal with for years to come.