BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — The dress code for President Trump’s by-invitation meet-and-greet with motorcycle enthusiasts here on Saturday was biker chic — leather, bandannas and for at least one of the supporters who posed with Trump at the raucous event, sexist and other offensive patches.
A bearded man who is part of a New Jersey “Bikers for Trump” group stood with the president as he shook hands inside his posh golf club near here, and again when the group posed for photos outside, engines revving.
“I (heart) Guns & Titties,” reads one patch on the unidentified man’s vest. The patch features a drawing of a woman’s naked torso and breasts and a pair of handguns atop her nipples.
Other patches visible in blown-up versions of images from the rain-drenched event include one that reads “This is America. We eat meat, we drink beer and we speak [expletive] English.”
Another says, “Terrorist Hunting Permit.”
Reporters were positioned too far away from the president at both events to read the patches, but they are visible in images taken from a distance and enlarged. It is not clear whether the president saw any of the patches.
Usually, staff members carefully vet people and settings where a president may be photographed to prevent any embarrassments. Although the bikers went through a Secret Service screening ahead of the meeting at Trump’s Bedminster, N.J., resort, it is not clear whether White House staff examined any of the attire.
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump appeared to enjoy the event, lingering and shaking hands and encouraging the bikers to rev louder. He praised the group as having been loyally with him from the start of his campaign.
During brief remarks indoors, as rain pelted the windows of a ballroom, Trump thanked the supporters and happily posed for selfies. He pointed out the group of traveling reporters there to cover his remarks, pausing to allow the crowd to boo and jeer.
He ignored a reporter’s question about Mexico trade relations, but answered briefly when asked about former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her a “lowlife.”
Outdoors a short while later, the man posed with Trump on the portico of the golf club, and it is images of those moments that are now being scrutinized on Twitter and elsewhere.
The man with the patch was near Trump for most of the time reporters saw the president, and they took at least one picture together.