Central Texas (KXAN) – Supporters of President Donald Trump allegedly harassed a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris bus as it passed through central Texas on Friday, local Democratic activists said.
Videos and photos posted on social media show a long line of vehicles displaying Trump flags following the Biden-Harris bus as it traveled from San Antonio to Austin on I-35. In some images, the bus appears to be embedded by vehicles.
Some members of the Texas Democrats’ campaign claim that a car of a Biden-Harris staff member was hit in the incident.
As a result of the incident, campaign events in Austin and Pflugerville were called off.
Travis County Democratic Party chair Katie Naranjo tweeted that Trump supporters followed the bus in an attempt to intimidate Biden voters.
“They crashed into someone’s car, shouting curses and threats. Don’t let bullies win, vote, ”she added.
The Texas Democratic Party said some of the vehicles stopped in front of the bus and slowed to try to stop it on the freeway.
Law enforcement responded to the incident and helped the bus reach its destination, the party said. However, the campaign then decided to cancel an event at the Texas AFL-CIO parking lot in Austin later that day.
In a Twitter thread, historian Eric Cervini, who said he had traveled to Texas to aid the Biden-Harris campaign, said Trump supporters were waiting for I-35 to “ambush” to the bus.
Representative Sheryl Cole, the incumbent District 46 candidate, wrote on Facebook that a campaign event was to be canceled following the incident.
“This is a first for me, but unfortunately we just had to cancel the joint campaign in Pflugerville for security reasons,” she wrote.
“Sadly, pro-Trump protesters have stepped things up far beyond the safe lines, and we cannot risk the safety and security of anyone involved.
“Sorry to all those who were looking forward to this fun event and now have to miss it,” she added.
Tariq Thowfeek, Biden for President Texas’ director of communications, said in a statement that Trump supporters are putting “our staff, our surrogates, our supporters and others at risk.”
“To the Texans who disrupted our events: we will meet again on November 3,” he added.
As of Saturday morning, no injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
KXAN has contacted the Department of Public Safety and the Texas GOP and will update this story if they respond.