The battle for the presidency is on the road.
In several cases over the past few days, supporters of President Trump have disrupted traffic. On Friday in Texas, Trump supporters surrounded a Biden campaign bus, and on Sunday in New York and New Jersey, Trump supporters halted traffic on two major freeways.
On Sunday, the FBI said it was investigating the Texas incident, which Mr Biden described as an effort to get his team off the road.
But Mr. Trump defended the Texas pilots in a Twitter post on Sunday night, saying: “In my opinion, these patriots haven’t done anything wrong. Instead, the FBI & Justice should investigate the terrorists, anarchists and ANTIFA agitators, who are running and torching our Democrat-run cities and hurting our people!
And his spokesman Jason Miller, when asked about the New York and New Jersey incidents, made a similar plea, saying he was more concerned that “ businesses in downtown Washington need to shut down their windows in anticipation of the violent and lawless riots and riots by Biden supporters. looting Tuesday evening. ”
During the Texas incident on Friday, several vehicles carrying Trump flags and placards circled a Biden-Harris campaign bus going from San Antonio to Austin, forcing the Biden campaign to drop two events, according to reports from Democratic officials.
“We’re so much better than that,” Biden said during a campaign stop in Philadelphia on Sunday. “It’s not who we are. And we have to change it.
Then, on Sunday, caravans of Mr. Trump’s supporters blocked Governor Mario M. Cuomo’s Bridge and the Garden State Parkway, scolding traffic on two of the New York metro area’s busiest highways, just two days before. on polling day.
Videos taken by motorists showed the president’s supporters parked in the middle of the westbound lanes of the bridge, which crosses Interstate 287 over the Hudson River and is named after the current governor’s father, Andrew M. Cuomo.
A number of them got out of their vehicles in the rain and waved Trump banners and American flags as motorists honked their horns.
The episode occurred around mid-afternoon, with the trailer lining up on the shoulder of the freeway in Tarrytown, New York, before driving onto the span, which has replaced the Tappan Zee Bridge and connects the counties of Rockland and Westchester.
State Senator David Carlucci, a Democrat who represents Rockland County, called the blockade of the bridge “aggressive, dangerous and reckless” with individuals “causing danger to themselves and to others.”
“The New York State Police should work to identify these people and charge them,” Carlucci said. “We all have the right to show our support for a presidential candidate, but we do not have the right to endanger others and break the law.”
William Duffy, a spokesman for the New York State Police, said soldiers followed the protest but there were no arrests.
“The bridge has never been closed,” Duffy said, adding that traffic had been restored. Traffic had been briefly interrupted three times, state police said.
In New Jersey, a trailer of Trump supporters harassed traffic on the northbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway near the Cheesequake service area in South Amboy, according to local videos and media.
New Jersey State Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Sunday’s disruption came amid mounting tensions over the elections.
In Georgia, Democrats said they decided to hold a virtual press conference instead of an in-person event in Floyd County, where they intended to criticize Mr. Trump for hosting a large rally at the headquarters of the county, in Rome, during the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic officials said they chose not to host an in-person event because they were concerned about a possible “significant militia presence” in town drawn to Mr. Trump’s rally.
“It seems to pour gasoline on the fire of fear and hate,” said Wendy Davis, Democrat and City of Rome Commissioner. “We have reason to believe that there might be people looking for trouble today and our friends in law enforcement were busy protecting the president here locally as they should have been. Out of caution, we said we will defuse. “