US President Donald Trump on Saturday retweeted footage of a truck convoy of his supporters apparently trying to run a Biden campaign bus off a highway in central Texas.
There were several videos taken of the Friday vehicular altercation, including one showing a pick-up truck with “Trump 2020” flags ramming into another car in order to get closer to the campaign bus. Neither Joe Biden nor running mate Kamala Harris were on the bus at the time, but a Democratic candidate for the US House was.
“I love Texas,” Trump wrote above the footage of the Biden campaign bus surrounded by roughly a dozen pick-up trucks.
The FBI opened an investigation into the incident, the Texas Tribune reported.
I LOVE TEXAS! pic.twitter.com/EP7P3AvE8L
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2020
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, but damage was caused to the struck car, and state lawmaker Sheryl Cole subsequently announced the cancellation of several campaign events scheduled for the rest of the day due to “security reasons.”
Texas State Rep. Rafael Anchía tweeted that the Trump supporters were “armed,” ramming vehicles driven by Biden campaign volunteers and blocking traffic for 40 minutes.
A Biden campaign spokesperson told the Forbes news site that the Trump supporters “attempted to slow the bus down and run it off the road.” He said local law enforcement was dispatched to escort the bus to safety.
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
Responding to a query from the Texas Tribune on the matter, Texas GOP spokesman Allen West said the footage and subsequent accusation were “more fake news and propaganda.”
“Prepare to lose… stop bothering me. Maybe [George] Soros can cut y’all another check in 2022,” West wrote, employing a conspiracy theory about the Jewish billionaire philanthropist that some suggest has anti-Semitic undertones.