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Prominent Democrats aboard a Biden/Harris campaign bus found out real quick that Texas is Trump country.
The bus was escorted by dozens of vehicles flying Trump flags as it traveled down the highway on Friday, prompting Democrats to reportedly cancel several scheduled campaign stops.
There was some confusion about who was on the bus, which was traveling to Austin from San Antonio, but Texas Democrats said U.S. House candidate and former Texas state lawmaker Wendy Davis was aboard.
One thing is certain, the Trump escort was a sight to behold and quickly went viral.
Democratic state Rep. Sheryl Cole tweeted that a planned joint event with the Austin Young Democrats was canceled for “security reasons.”
“Unfortunately, Pro-Trump Protestors have escalated well beyond safe limits. Sorry to all who looked forward to this fun event,” Cole tweeted.
As with everything involving President Donald Trump, there was controversy over an incident between one of the pro-Trump vehicles and a Biden supporting motorist.
To hear the media tell the tale, the Trump supporter was at fault for trying to “ram” a white SUV accompanying the bus, but video shows the vehicle clearing traveling into the lane occupied by a pro-Trump truck.
The SUV had been directly behind the bus and was trying to force its way back into position after the bus appeared to be changing lanes, but instead straddled two lanes before returning to the initial lane it was traveling in.
Clear view of what happened before.
SUV leaves lane, truck moves up, SUV crosses the lines pic.twitter.com/0claguebKx
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) October 31, 2020
Photos of tire marks on the side of the SUV were shared online as evidence that the pro-Trump vehicle was the aggressor, but this is misleading.
And despite the video evidence, Democratic state Rep. Rafael Anchía tweeted, “Armed Trump trolls harassing Biden Bus on I-35, ramming volunteer vehicles [and] blocking traffic for 40 mins.”
True story and this is the car that was damaged. pic.twitter.com/wkb1fMLWGd
— Lisa McClanahan (@hopeinaustin) October 31, 2020
A Biden campaign spokesperson claimed the trucks “attempted to slow the bus down and run it off the road,” according to Forbes, but that’s simply not true.
A video shared by a Biden supporter captured the incident from a different angle and suggested that the truck did swerve at the SUV, but this is deceptive as the swerving occurred after the SUV made contact with the truck.
These tactics have no place in Texas, my home state, and no place in America.
Please vote. Please volunteer this weekend. The future of our democracy is at stake. pic.twitter.com/G0O4yg2vnJ
— Dr. Eric Cervini (@ericcervini) October 31, 2020
In another tweet, Cervini said he “flew down to Texas to help with the Biden/Harris bus tour, intended to drum up enthusiasm at polling locations.”
President Trump shared the video of the “escort,” declaring “I LOVE TEXAS!”
…which immediately made it a national story, as the corrupt media jump into the mix.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 1, 2020
The Texas Republican Party is headed up by stalwart conservative Allen West and the party chairman released a blistering statement in response to an inquiry by the Texas Tribune about the incident, which he called “more fake news and propaganda.”
“Three Trump supporters have been executed, one in Portland, one in Denver, and one Milwaukee. A leftist mob attempted to storm the house of the McCloskeys, threatened to burn their house down, rape Mrs. McCloskey, and then kill them both.
Where is the liberal corporate media’s concern about that real violence? Additionally, none of what your question implies is accurate. It is more fake news and propaganda.
Prepare to lose…stop bothering me. Maybe Soros can cut y’all another check in 2022.”
The Texas Tribune reported Saturday that the FBI was “looking into” the incident.
The FBI is looking into a Friday incident in which a group of Trump supporters surrounded and followed a Biden campaign bus as it drove up I-35 in Hays County. Wendy Davis was on the Biden bus at the time, according to multiple sources. https://t.co/eBGB4Y0NtC
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 1, 2020
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