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President Donald Trump tweeted "I LOVE TEXAS" in response to a video of the Biden/Harris campaign bus in Texas being followed by vehicles sporting Trump flags.
According to The New York Times, the Trump supporters were attempting to force the campaign bus off the highway on its way from San Antonio to Austin, citing "social media posts from witnesses and accounts by party activists."
The Biden campaigned cancelled two planned rallies in Texas as a result of the incident.
Trump also expressed support for the protesters at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday night, asking the crowd "anybody see the picture of their crazy bus driving down the highway, they are surrounded by hundreds of cars, they are all Trump flags all over the place.”
While Democrats do not typically campaign in the Lone Star State after the primaries, the Biden campaign has chosen to ramp up its presence there as polls show Biden within reach of Trump in the state. Democrats have long been optimistic about the idea of a blue Texas, which has not voted Democrat for President since 1976.
Katie Naranjo, the Travis County Democratic Party Chair, said that the incident was an attempt at intimidation. The accusation of intimidation was repeated by Biden campaign spokeswoman Symone Sanders, additionally describing Trump's approval of it as "reckless" and "dangerous."
The Texas GOP issued their own statement criticizing the media response to the incident, accusing them of ignoring real intimidation efforts against Trump supporters in an effort "to portray conservatives as violent radicals, even though it is leftists from Antifa and BLM who have been assaulting, robbing, and looting fellow citizens and their property."
“Three Trump supporters have been executed, one in Portland, one in Denver, and one Milwaukee. A leftist mob attempted to storm the house of the McCloskeys, threatened to burn their house down, rape Mrs. McCloskey, and then kill them both," said Texas GOP Chairman Allen West.
The statement further pondered "[where] is the liberal corporate media’s concern about that real violence?" West further described the media inquiry into the incident as "fake news."