Supporters of President Donald Trump surrounded a Joe Biden campaign bus as it traveled through Texas on Friday, leading the campaign to cancel some stops out of safety concerns as Biden’s running mate Senator Kamala Harris hosted three events elsewhere in the state.
Democrat Sheryl Cole, a member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 46, tweeted: “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.” (they misspelled canceled)
Social media users posted photos and videos of vehicles decked out in Trump gear surrounding a Biden bus as it traveled down I-35, from San Antonio to Austin. The Biden events were part of the “Battle for the Soul of the Nation” bus tour and invited prominent Democrats throughout Texas to show their support for the Biden-Harris ticket.
Erin Zwiener, a Democrat up for re-election in Texas’s House District 45, was waiting along with her supporters for the bus to arrive in San Marcos, local newspaper My Canyon Lake reported. She confirmed the cancellation of the campaign’s event in a Facebook video.
“We’re a little bit disappointed right now. Because of harassment from the Trump Train, the bus was not safely able to stop,” she said, adding Texas voters would not be intimidated by this kind of behavior.
Another person filmed a video of Trump supporters swarming the Biden bus and posted it to YouTube on Saturday, remarking that the it was the “funniest thing I’ve ever seen” and that the cars were “literally escorting [Biden] out of town.” (another typo “the it”)
The bus appeared briefly in downtown Austin, where Democratic politicians were meant to hold a “Closing Argument” rally at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to local station KEYE. But reporter Jordan Bontke posted a video on Twitter capturing Trump supporters as they shouted at the bus, accusing Biden of being a “Chinese communist,” and scrambling to get in their cars to follow the bus.
Don’t Mess With Texas!
This is the most badass thing I've ever seen in my life. Go Texas. pic.twitter.com/dnr8Ns9qe0
— L 🤺 (@SomeBitchIKnow) October 31, 2020