Hays County, TX – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is looking into a convoy of Trump flag-bearing vehicles that surrounded the Biden-Harris campaign bus on Friday despite the fact local law enforcement has said the Trump supporters did nothing wrong.
The Biden bus tour through Texas started two days earlier in Amarillo and was going from an event in San Antonio to another event in San Marcos on Oct. 30 when the incident occurred, the Texas Tribune reported.
Multiple videos showed a Trump 2020 campaign flag-bedecked caravan of mostly large pickup trucks surrounded the red and blue Biden-Harris bus as it drove up Interstate 35 in Hays County.
The Biden campaign has claimed the vehicles that surrounded the bus tried to slow it down, the Texas Tribune reported.
Neither former Vice President Joe Biden nor U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) was on the bus.
Sources told the Texas Tribune that campaign staffers on the bus called 911 to ask for a police escort.
The New Braunfels Police Department (NBPD) responded to the request and sent police vehicles to escort the campaign bus.
Sources said that the Trump supporter caravan backed off and fell behind the police after officers arrived on the scene, the Texas Tribune reported.
New Braunfels City Manager Robert Camareno said in a statement that police department got reports “of the Trump Train following the Biden/Harris campaign bus… NBPD responded and did not observe any traffic violations.”
Despite years of attacks on supporters of President Donald Trump, Democrats were outraged to see Texas Trump supporters attempting to surround their candidate’s bus with Trump flags.
Also a deranged person tried to run a Trump truck off the road behind Biden bus and liberals are blaming us.
Another liberal lie. pic.twitter.com/H25p4SNBRw
— Kambree (@KamVTV) October 31, 2020
Travis County Democratic Party Chair Katie Naranjo told the Texas Tribune she was on the phone with a campaign staff member on the bus who said the Trump convoy was trying to run the Biden bus off the road.
Mainstream media reported that Trump supporters had actually tried to run Biden staff off the road, prompting further outrage.
“Rather than engage in productive conversation about the drastically different visions that Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas instead decided to put our staff, surrogates, supporters, and others in harm’s way,” the spokesperson for Texas Biden-Harris campaign told the Texas Tribune.
But a video posted to Twitter showed that wasn’t what happened and it was the Biden vehicle that was the aggressor in that altercation.
The video filmed from behind the bus showed a white minivan trying to shove a much-larger black pickup truck out of the way and onto the shoulder of the interstate so that it could get directly behind the Biden campaign bus.
In the video, the white minivan made contact with the truck in an effort to push him out of the lane.
But the truck was in the far-right lane and it held its place and pushed back at the minivan, the video showed.
Then the minivan drove next to the truck for a few minutes, as if trying to figure out its next move.
Suddenly, the white minivan switched tactics and got into the far left lane so it could scoot around the Trump vehicles and get up in front of the bus, the video showed.
This is the full video of the collision in Texas. The white SUV swerved into the truck’s lane while the Biden bus straddles both lanes. The Biden supporter whose thread went viral edited this video and cut out all the commentary explaining what happened. pic.twitter.com/FDm8wdWPBq
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 31, 2020
Social media outrage was swift and the Biden campaign demanded intervention and cancelled some of its planned Texas events out of an abundance of caution, the Texas Tribune reported.
FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee said that FBI San Antonio was aware of what had happened and was investigating, according to Reuters.
Kyle police said they responded to the highway after they received reports of the car wreck but neither driver had stopped to make a report, the Texas Tribune reported.
As reports of the rolling Trump caravan spread on social media, additional vehicles joined the convoy.
This is the most badass thing I've ever seen in my life. Go Texas. pic.twitter.com/dnr8Ns9qe0
— L 🤺 (@SomeBitchIKnow) October 31, 2020
San Marcos police said they received a call for an escort but that officers weren’t able to catch up with the bus before it left their jurisdiction, the Texas Tribune reported.
Law enforcement in the area where the crash occurred said the Biden bus tour was poorly planned.
Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler told the Texas Tribune that the Biden campaign didn’t warn them they would be passing through their area.
Sheriff Cutler said giving law enforcement a heads up would have allowed them to prepare for potential confrontations.
“The planning of this was questionable,” the sheriff told the Texas Tribune.
President Trump tweeted that he didn’t think that his supporters had done anything wrong, prompting even more outrage from the left.
In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong. Instead, the FBI & Justice should be investigating the terrorists, anarchists, and agitators of ANTIFA, who run around burning down our Democrat run cities and hurting our people! https://t.co/of6Lna3HMU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2020
Texas wasn’t the only state that experienced massive convoys of vehicles supporting the re-election of President Trump in recent days.
In New York, hundreds of vehicles bearing Trump flags shut down the recently-renamed Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge – better known as the Tappan Zee Bridge – over the Hudson River in what was both a shout of support for President Trump and a political message to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo about shutting down the state of New York.
The current governor is the late Mario Cuomo’s son.
Love it! Tappan Zee Bridge forever! https://t.co/fJH1Clb9p1
— Brittney O'Toole (@brittles0592) November 2, 2020
— Tina40 (@RealTina40) November 1, 2020
DC metro area supporters held their own Trump caravan on the Washington Beltway.
— Anthony Tilghman ● (@AnthonyTilghman) November 1, 2020
In Richmond, members of a caravan that dubbed itself the “Trump Train” got into some scuffles with anti-Trump protesters as they drove through the city, according to a post on the Richmond Police Department’s official Facebook page.
He told us “FU get the fuk out of my street” while the Trump Train was passing by. He told us to make him famous. He was looking for a fight with the Trump Caravan supporters along the Monument ave, Richmond, VA so let’s make him famous…#TrumpTrain pic.twitter.com/tx078aJoDJ
— Norman B (@normanbergamots) November 2, 2020
One woman told police that somebody in the Trump parade had sprayed her with pepper spray from inside their vehicle.
Richmond police said they were investigating.