Trump hits FBI over probe into supporters escorting Biden’s campaign bus in Texas
President Trump tore into the FBI on Twitter Sunday after they decided to open an investigation into his supporters with flags on their vehicles caught on video escorting a Biden campaign bus in Texas. The incident caused the Biden campaign to call 911 and cancel at least three stops on their tour.
In a statement, New Braunfels City Manager Robert Camareno said the police department received calls “of the Trump Train following the Biden/Harris campaign bus … NBPD responded and did not observe any traffic violations.”
President Trump retweeted a screenshot of the FBI’s statement and said, “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!” He also sent out a tweet proclaiming that he loves Texas.
The president said Sunday of the incident, “You see the way our people — they were protecting his bus yesterday because they’re nice.”
“If you need any further proof that the FBI will look for any reason to target Trump supporters,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) also tweeted to his followers while blasting the turn of events.
If you needed any further proof that the FBI will look for any reason to target Trump supporters…https://t.co/TirIEkORrD
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 1, 2020
Trump has been a stern critic of the FBI and has made it known that once he is re-elected he plans on replacing FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) issued a letter of concern to Wray earlier in October that addressed a recovered laptop belonging to Hunter Biden that contains emails concerning the Biden family’s business dealings overseas. It is alleged that the FBI “was in possession of this computer and hard drive back in December 2019.” “This action took place right at the end of the U.S. House of Representative’s impeachment sham against President Donald J. Trump, and right before the U.S. Senate tried the case,” Biggs wrote.
In the letter, Biggs stated that the discovery would have “given even more weight” to Trump’s legal defense. Joe Biden has insisted he and his son did nothing wrong and called the attacks a “smear campaign.” But he has not denied the emails or the evidence.
Video on Twitter shows a dozen or so cars and pickup trucks sporting Trump, American, and pro-police flags riding alongside Biden’s campaign bus on Friday on Interstate 35. At times it looked as though the vehicles were boxing in the bus as it traveled from San Antonio to Austin. At one point, one of the pickup trucks can be seen colliding with an SUV that was driving behind the bus.
Those inside the trucks honked their horns and shouted while surrounding the Biden bus and slowing it down, witnesses said. Friday’s incident had been promoted in advance online under the hashtag #FollowTheBus.
Approximately 40-to-50 vehicles participated, local Biden campaign volunteer Eric Cervini said, describing the trucks decorated with Trump and American flags he saw gathered along the side of the interstate.
“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 Biden campaign’s Texas spokesperson stated.
This is a 1st for me – but we just cancelled a joint event in Pflugerville w/ @JoeBiden campaign, @AustinYoungDems, & more, due to security reasons. Unfortunately, Pro-Trump Protestors have escalated well beyond safe limits. Sorry to all who looked forward to this fun event. https://t.co/tSq4moqro0
— Sheryl Cole (@SherylCole1) October 30, 2020
When reached for comment, the Texas GOP Chairman Allen West dismissed questions regarding the incident. “It is more fake news and propaganda. Prepare to lose … stop bothering me,” West said in a statement.
Neither Joe Biden nor Kamala Harris were on the bus. Biden immediately nailed President Trump’s response to the incident. “We’ve never had anything like this. At least we’ve never had a president who thinks it’s a good thing,” Biden said during a campaign event in the Philadelphia suburbs.