So there’s a pro-Trump op-ed in the WSJ that does a superficial treatment on both biker culture and Trumpism, and some mutual disinformation about what the dominant political ideology could be at Sturgis’s annual biker rally week.
The reality could simply be that other than obvious groups like “Bikers for Trump” there isn’t really a actual, deep ideological support for Trump among bikers, if a half million people are a reasonable example. The reality is that in a subculture that privileges individualism and grouped non-conformity, MAGA hats are déclassé.
It’s always a problem trying to generalize on a broad demographic that is not mods and rockers. YMMV, since Twitter is not a good measure because of the troll-bots.
Although there were fewer fatalities than last year in Sturgis, drug arrests mainly meth-related were nearly double. Apparently there were more vendors than last year, which is actually a bad sign if attendance was flat over the ten days.
— Rapid City Journal (@RCJournal) August 10, 2019
Note of caution from a S.D. resident 👋:
Sturgis Rally is 🚫 synonymous w/ Sturgis the town.
Rule of thumb-the further W & N you go in S.D., the more magats you run into. There’s a store in Rapid City (SE of Sturgis) that’s all *45.
Almost flipped Gov. in ‘18. West River went R
— Pamela C (@PamelaC55350733) August 12, 2019
Did you see the tacky 'Build the Wall" trailer that was driving around Sturgis?
He tried to get some friends who were selling Indian tacos 2 sell some of his Trump junk at their stand. Was very offended when they just started laughing at him.
— Josey (@JoseyRider) August 12, 2019
Sturgis,SD for Bike Week and all the vendors sell them. This year, Putin “riding bitch” on Trump’s Harley was the new design. That one was really soul-crushing as it’s the opposite of reality. They’re real and in the wild in specific demographics. Usually next to Jane Fonda stuff
— Aaron Sylvester (@rockymtnsly) August 12, 2019