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The events on a Texas highway, in which apparent supporters of Donald Trump’s attempted to force off the road a bus from the rival Democratic Biden/Harris campaign continued to reverberate across the nation, even as the end to the presidential campaign drew ever-closer.
The FBI said that it is investigating after a caravan of trucks toting Trump campaign flags surrounded a bus from the campaign of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris traveling Friday to an event in Austin.
People in the vehicles, part of a so-called “Trump Train,” yelled profanities and obscenities at the bus, slowing it to roughly 20 mph on Interstate 35.
Staffers notified 911 and law enforcement, who helped the bus reach its destination in Austin. The campaign canceled its final event there, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Neither Biden nor Harris, was on the bus.
The FBI in San Antonio said it is “aware of the incident and investigating.”
Speaking Monday on the TV talk show, The View, Whoopi Goldberg compared the bus incident with a scene out of a movie about the civil rights struggle in the Deep South.
“You could have gotten yourselves killed because the buses can’t slow down the way you need them to. Thank God this person saw and slowed in order to let you do what you did, which looked a lot like a scene out of Mississippi Burning,” she said. “You know when trucks and cars surrounded people who are trying to drive. It was really freaky to see.”
Trump himself defended the actions which took place out on that highway. In a tweet, tried to deflect the attention away from him and his backers.
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
Former president Barack Obama wondered aloud if the roles had been reversed, and now he were the one backing supporters who had engaged in lawless behavior.
“I mean, what’s going to happen to this country and our democracy if our leaders when folks act recklessly and dangerously and irresponsibly are — think that’s okay? Think that’s fine. It’s not,” Obama said. “Imagine if I had done that when I was president. Imagine if that was reversed. Imagine if — if I had gone around from — in rallies saying, ‘Yeah, intimidate folks. We’re going to send folks out and make sure it’s harder for them to vote,’ and, you know, Democrats would have said that’s wrong. Well, you know what? This is wrong. And it needs to change. And you have the power to change it. But if we’re going to change it, we’ve got to turn out like never before.”
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