After harassment by a pro-Trump task force, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign cancelled Friday’s event in Austin, Texas.
In Tuesday’s presidential election, Texas has become a state on the battlefield. Opinion polls show that typical Republican strongholds now only slightly favor President Donald Trump. The Biden campaign arranged Friday events in the state to win final support.
But when Biden’s campaign bus drove to Austin, it was blocked by pro-Trump demonstrators and was welcomed, leading to what a representative of the Texas House of Representatives said was an escalation “far beyond safety. “.
The cancellation was proposed amidst national anxiety about voter intimidation, and the Trump campaign secretly endorsed this strategy.
Historian Dr. Eric Cervini was helping to stop the Biden campaign when he filmed a series of pickup trucks on the highway, many of which were flying the Trump flag. Cervini said on Twitter that the driver was “waiting to ambush the Biden/Harris chariot from San Antonio to Austin”.
He claimed: “These Trump supporters (many of them are armed men) surrounded the bus on the interstate and tried to drive it out of the road.” “They outnumbered the police by 50-1
Biden campaign staff told The Daily Beast that Trump supporters surrounded the bus on the highway and slowed down in front of it, trying to stop it or drive it away the way. The official sent photos taken on the bus, showing Trump trucks surrounding the front of the vehicle. The staff on the bus called the police, and the police helped the bus reach its destination.
The video on the highway shows a collision between a truck and an SUV around the truck.
Video footage from the Austin CBS subsidiary showed Trump supporters with signs and loudspeakers around when the bus was parked, and someone screamed that Biden was the Communist Party.
Democratic Rep. Sheryl Cole, representing Democrats in Pflugerville near the Texas House of Representatives, announced the cancellation of the Biden event in her city due to harassment.
“This is number one for me-but we just cancelled the joint event in the Pflugerville w/ @JoeBiden event,
For security reasons, @AustinYoungDems etc. “She wrote in a tweet. “Unfortunately, pro-Trump protesters have escalated to levels far beyond the safety limit. Sorry to everyone who is looking forward to this interesting event. “
Tariq Thowfeek, the director of communications for the Biden campaign in Texas, said holding the event would put Biden’s staff and supporters at risk.
Thowfeek told the “Daily News”: “Thanks to Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s very different visions for our country, people are not engaging in productive conversations. On the contrary, today’s Texas special The Trump supporters decided to treat our staff, surrogates, supporters and others in a way that would hurt our staff.” Defeat.
“Our supporters will continue to organize their communities for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Democrats and the Texans who disrupted our events today: We will meet with you on November 3. “
The Trump campaign and Trump himself often encourage face-to-face conflicts surrounding opinion polls. Trump urged supporters to act as “public opinion observers” in the first presidential debate, a move that raised concerns about intimidation of voters. His son Donald Trump Jr. made a clear call for the propaganda work of Biden’s campaign in Texas.
In a tape before Biden’s running mate Senator Kamala Harris (Kamala Harris) on Friday’s event, Trump Jr. encouraged his father’s supporters to appear at Harris’ event.
“Hey Laredo, Xiao Tang,” he said. “I heard that you participated in the Trump train with a high turnout rate. If you all get together and go to McAllen and give Kamala Harris a nice Trump train welcome, that would be great. . Get out there, have fun, enjoy it. Don’t forget to vote and take away all your friends. Let’s show them the strength of Texas as a Trump country. Get out, guys.”
Some Trump supporters seem to have heeded this call. The Daily Beast watched at least one Facebook event and received more than 700 responses, which encouraged Trump fans to attend the Harris event in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, and “gave Kamala Harry He brought a huge welcome from Texas…Trump style!” Although the organizers of the event admitted that some people might still try to participate, the event was cancelled early. “That is your right.”
Trump supporters have previously been accused of intimidating the election. This week in Beverly Hills, California, an Australian television personality filmed the participants at a pro-Trump rally. They shouted at her and threatened her to drive. A man waving the Trump flag appeared, took a picture of her and took her license plate number.
The man shouted: “We have you now.” “Whether you like it or not, you will vote for Trump. You have no choice.”
When Biden spoke at an event in Minnesota on Friday, the same day his campaign was ambushed in Austin, Trump supporters reportedly surrounded the venue in a caravan and honked their horns. tweet.
During the early voting in the swing state of Virginia late last month, a large number of Trump supporters drove to the pro-democracy Fairfax County and surrounded people in the early voting line, using megaphone Call them
The Fairfax County Democratic Executive Director said: “We have a few pollsters there, and they actually have to escort voters because we see people reaching the edge of the parking lot and seeing this huge group of loudspeakers. Yelling and screaming.” The committee told The Daily Beast at the time.