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Donald Trump sparks backlash after praising supporters who swarmed Democratic campaign bus

A state representative and a witness claimed the Trump supporters who caused chaos on a Texas highway were carrying arms. Texas state representative Rafael Anchía wrote on Twitter: “Armed Trump trolls harassing Biden Bus on I35, ramming volunteer vehicles & blocking traffic for 40 mins.”

However, President Trump praised the so-called Trump train, claiming they were only trying to protect the bus.

Addressing supporters at a rally in Michigan on Sunday Mr Trump said: “Did you see the way our people … were… protecting this bus … because they’re nice.

“They had hundreds of cars. Trump! Trump! Trump and the American flag.”

Eric Corvine, a historian who had travelled to Texas to help campaign, shared a video on his Instagram account of cars adorned with Trump merchandising, waiting for the Biden bus.

In the caption he wrote: “See all those pickup trucks with Trump flags?

“They were sitting along I-35, waiting to ambush the Biden/Harris campaign bus as it traveled from San Antonio to Austin.

“These Trump supporters, many of whom were armed, surrounded the bus on the interstate and attempted to drive it off the road.

“They outnumbered police 50-1, and they ended up hitting a staffer’s car.

“The police refused to help. When I flagged down one officer, he said his hands were tied: ‘not my jurisdiction.’

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“He was wearing a blue stripe bandana.

“Understandably, though nobody was hurt, the day’s events were cancelled.

Mr Corvine then invited people to vote and “save our democracy”.

He added: “In the next four days, we can create such a landslide that their efforts are futile, sending a message that Nazi tactics have no place in America.

“Consider traveling to a swing state near you to canvass in person. And if you can’t, please commit to one shift of phone banking per day.

“Since we can’t celebrate Halloween, consider doing it together with your roommates or loved ones. Links in bio.

“We have four days, and I sure as hell don’t want to wake up on Wednesday wishing I had done more to save our democracy. Please join me.”

Officers said police escort was offered for the bus, however, the officers could not catch up with the vehicle due to traffic.

The alarming footage caused widespread outrage with many denouncing the actions of those driving the pickup trucks.

The Biden campaign released a statement addressing the incident.

Tariq Thowfeek, Texas communications director for the Biden campaign, said: “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.”

US representative Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat who represents constituents from San Antonio to Austin, said: “This aggressive, abusive conduct by his supporters results from Trump continuing to incite acts of intimidation and violence.

“We have to stand up to these bullies just as we seek to protect the right of every last Texan to vote out the Bully-in-Chief.”

Source:

www.express.co.uk

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