Members of the group Bikers for Trump ride to the rally at Settlers Landing Park on Monday. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP
If thats our right, thats our right, he says, after pointing out that his pistol is holstered out of sight for discretion, and saying it will protect me and him from any unseen threats at this peaceful rally.
Fear of the unknown is a common theme at this very white, very male Citizens for Trump rally, organized by the former Nixon adviser and Trump strategist Roger Stone.
Alex Jones, the noted conspiracy theorist and operator of the Infowars website, repeatedly condemns the liberal media without really articulating what he means. He accuses Hillary Clinton of being a foreign agent for the Chinese and Saudi Arabian government, without citing anything close to evidence.
Were sick and tired of what weve been seeing, thats why we want Donald Trump, Jones screams, as members of the crowd call out that Clinton is a reptile and a bitch and chant Hillary for Prison.
Its powerful, its exhilarating, says Daryl Rembowski, a 52-year-old Bikers for Trump member from Cleveland. He [Jones] is a true American. He stands for truth and hes exposing the lies.
He adds: Were part of a movement, yeah. This is definitely making history.
While the threats may not be visible here, and police arrested just one person on Monday in connection with protests at the RNC, many Bikers for Trump members speaking to the Guardian pointed to one particular group, Black Lives Matter, as a tangible example of the need to remain vigilant.
Despite leaders of the movement, who are credited with igniting a new civil rights movement throughout the US, repeatedly denouncing violence, various Bikers for Trump members described the nebulous organization as a terrorist threat and a hostile group.
None had time for the argument, frequently articulated since the fatal police shooting of African American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, that state violence in America is disproportionately meted out to black people.
I dont know why you people think that cops wake up one day and say well Im going to shoot somebody, says 56-year-old Dave Lenley, who rode all the way from London, Kentucky. Do you realize that ruins that persons life? Aside from the one that got killed, that officers life has been ruined, whether hes black, white, Hispanic or what. They [officers] dont wake up one day and say: I think Im going to shoot me black person.
Had Lenley seen the video of unarmed African American Walter Scott, shot five times from behind as he ran away from white North Charleston officer Michael Slager?
Yes, Lenley said, but added: Why was he running away? The police officer told him to stop. If I tell you to stop, stop.