Trump supporters in Central Texas were caught on video harassing a Biden campaign bus and ‘running’ it out of town Friday, resulting in the Democrats canceling a scheduled event there for safety reasons.
With Texas turning into a battleground state, Joe Biden‘s campaign had planned to hold an event in Pflugerville, Texas, Friday, as part of its effort to shore up support in the state.
But, as the Biden bus and supporters drove towards Austin en route to Pflugerville, they were met by a convoy of Trump supports who harassed them and also allegedly tried to run the Biden bus off the rode.
Video taken from a highway in Texas show Trump supporters’ cars – with flags on them – surrounding a Biden campaign bus on Friday
The video captured the moment when a Biden campaign staffer’s car got into a scrape with a Trump supporter’s truck, which nudged it over the lane line
A viral video shot by a woman on the highway road with the Biden bus showed the Trump supporter convoy – identifiable by the many Trump flags they were flying – as it surrounded the moving Biden bus.
At one point a white car, later identified as belonging to a Biden staffer, can be seen getting into a scrape with a black truck that was closely tailing the Biden bus.
Video shows the truck pushing against the white car, forcing it over the lane line.
Texas Rep. Rafael Anchia tweeted out pictures of the Biden bus next to a hearse covered in Trump campaign flags, noting that: ‘Armed Trump trolls harassing Biden Bus on I-35, ramming volunteer vehicles & blocking traffic for 40 mins.’
Other videos and photos showed Trump supporters heckling the Biden bus – calling the Democrat’s supporters communists – as it pulled out of a rest stop.
One Biden supporter tweeted about the experience.
A Biden staffer posted pictures of Trump supporters heckling the Biden bus at a pitstop (left) and the damage caused after a staffer’s car was hit by a Trump supporter’s truck (right)
‘See all these pickup trucks with Trump flags? They were sitting along I-35, waiting to ambush the Biden/Harris campaign bus as it traveled from San Antonio to Austin,’ wrote historian Dr. Eric Cervini in a tweet accompanying a video of a Trump convey.
‘These Trump supporters, many of whom were armed, surrounded the bus on the interstate and attempted to drive it off the road. They outnumbered police 50-1, and they ended up hitting a staffer’s car.’
A Biden campaign staffer told The Daily Beast that the Trump supporters seen in the highway video around the Biden bus had slowed down in front of it, attempting to either stop it or run the bus off the road.
Staffers eventually called police, who helped the Biden bus reach its destination.
Texas Rep. Sheryl Cole tweeted Friday: ‘This is a 1st for me – but we just cancelled a joint event in Pflugerville w/@JoeBiden campaign, @AustinYoungDems, & more, due to security reasons. Unfortunately, Pro-Trump Protestors have escalated well beyond safe limits.’
‘Rather than engage in productive conversation about the drastically different visions that Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas today instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters, and others in harm’s way,’ the Biden campaign’s Texas communications director, Tariq Thowfeek, told The Daily Beast.
Friday’s Biden bus incident came two days after a video Donald Trump Jr. made was posted on social media. In the clip, he encouraged Trump supporters in Loredo, Texas, to descend upon an event vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris was holding in McAllen, Texas on Friday.
‘It’d be great if you all get together and head down to McAllen and give Kamala Harris a nice Trump rain welcome,’ Don Jr. said. ‘Get out there, have some fun, enjoy it.’
He wrapped up the message by saying, ‘Let’s show them how strong Texas still is as Trump country.’
Texas has become a highly contested state in the 2020 Presidential Election, as the state has been shattering voting records.
As of Friday, more than nine million people have voted early in the state, meaning the number of early voters has already surpassed Texas’s total number of voters during the 2016 election.
An independent, nonpartisan poll conducted by UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion revealed Thursday that Trump has the support of 48 per cent of likely Texas voters, while Biden is at 47 per cent.