AUSTIN, Texas – Several vehicles carrying Trump flags and placards surrounded a Biden-Harris campaign bus going from San Antonio to Austin on Friday, forcing campaign officials to drop two campaign events, according to Democratic officials reports on Saturday.
Vehicles surrounded the bus on busy Interstate 35 and appeared to be attempting to slow it down and force it onto the side of the road, according to social media posts from witnesses and accounts from party activists. In one case, vehicles parked in front of the bus and attempted to stop in the middle of the freeway.
Travis County Democratic Party chair Katie Naranjo tweeted that Trump supporters also “ran into one person’s car, shouting curses and threats.” The bus was occupied by campaign workers, who notified local law enforcement officials, who helped the vehicle reach its destination, party officials said.
Out of “great caution,” they said, the campaign called off an event scheduled for later today at a Texas AFL-CIO-owned parking lot in downtown Austin. A campaign event in the suburb of Pflugerville was also dropped.
“Rather than engage in a productive conversation about the radically different visions Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas have instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters and others at risk. Tariq Thowfeek, Texas director of communications for the Biden for President campaign, said in a statement.
“Our supporters will continue to organize their communities for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the top-to-bottom Democrats in the ballot,” Mr. Thowfeek said, “and for the Texans who disrupted our events: We’ll see you on November 3.
A spokesperson for the Texas Republican Party could not immediately be reached for comment. Efforts to contact the Texas Department of Public Safety to determine the possibility of law enforcement action were also not immediately successful.