Biden Snubs Annual Rolling to Remember Motorcycle Rally
White House ignores rally in Washington, DC
Democrat Joe Biden ignored the annual Rolling to Remember motorcycle rally in Washington, DC, organizers have said.
The event's organizers said they were not contacted by the White House about participating in the annual event.
Previously known as Rolling Thunder, the Rolling to Remember Rally is now organized by AMVETS.
Previous presidents like Barack Obama and Donald Trump met with organizers of the popular Memorial Day motorcycle rally.
Trump hosted a rally at the White House in 2020 for a group of riders who arrived to represent riders that typically show up for the rally, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Thank you for keeping this noble tradition alive and for preserving the memory of those who are missing, but never forgotten, never forgotten,” Trump said to AMVET organizers.
Trump previewed a much larger rally in 2021, preemptively inviting them back to the White House.
“I appreciate that you’re here, we’re here for you," Trump said.
"And I told you when you’re ready to come back with your 600,000, we’re ready to take you."
The event is a Memorial Day tradition for veterans that has been staged in the Pentagon parking lot for over 30 years.
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"We are blessed beyond words to be citizens of the greatest country on Earth, and only live free thanks to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice," Rep. Mast said in a statement at the time.
"But the Biden Administration seems intent on restricting that freedom, and now, even restricting Memorial Day ceremonies," the congressman continued.
But when organizers applied for their permit at the Pentagon parking lot for the 2021 rally, they were met with rod blocks.
Jan Brown, the national commander of AMVETS, said:
“The biggest disappointment in the Pentagon’s denial was that AMVETS was ignored for months as its professional staff in Washington requested numerous times an opportunity to hear the Defense Department’s concerns and present a [coronavirus] safety plan."
The White House failed to explain why they ignored the group this year.