President Trump offered to help Rolling Thunder after organizers announced this Memorial Day will mark the group’s last huge motorcycle rally in Washington, D.C., citing “harassment.”
“Can’t believe that Rolling Thunder would be given a hard time with permits in Washington, D.C.” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. “They are great Patriots who I have gotten to know and see in action. They love our Country and love our Flag. If I can help, I will!”
The promise came after Rolling Thunder’s Executive Director Artie Muller announced an end to the annual rallies in which thousands of motorcycles ride through the nation’s capital to raise awareness of prisoners of war and veterans missing in action.
“As a result of changing times the organization and Mission needed to be reorganized and reevaluated,” Muller said in a Thursday statement. “Reasons which determined our decision were the Pentagon Security Police/Washington Police officials continued lack of cooperation, increased harassment to our supporters and sponsors.”
Rolling Thunder is poised to keep losing money on the rally due to demands from the Pentagon for extra security, among other issues, the group’s National Vice President Pete Zaleski told the Washington Post.
He said Rolling Thunder lost $20,000 staging last year’s rally, which costs about $200,000 total.
Muller, a Vietnam War veteran, said Rolling Thunder will continue to hold events outside Washington, D.C., according to the Washington Post.