The convoy of “Trump Trucks” have been reportedly harrassing the Democrats as vice-presidential candidate, senator Kamala Harris, completed a whistle-stop three-city tour of the Lone Star state in a last-minute bid for votes.
Ahead of the visit Donald Trump Jr urged his father’s fans to give Kamala Harris a “nice Trump train welcome” and show her “how strong Texas is. Texas is Trump country”.
Local Democrats said they were forced to cancel the rally scheduled to take place in Pflugerville – a small city about 17 miles north of Austin – due to “security reasons”.
Sheryl Cole, a Democrat member of the Texas House of Representatives, said she was forced to cancel a rally with the young Democrats.
“This is a first for me,” said Ms Cole of the decision to scrap the event. “Unfortunately, pro-Trump protesters have escalated well beyond safe limits. Sorry to all who looked forward to this fun event,” she added.
Dr Eric Sevini, volunteering for the Democrats, said that the Trump trucks had been waiting on the highway to ambush the Democrat bus.
He tweeted: “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 Biden bus had been closely followed by Trump supporters while on the road, though Texas Democrats insist their presence didn’t affect their decision to call off the downtown Austin rally.
Rafael Anchía, a member of the Texas House of Representatives, said some of the agitators had been carrying weapons.
“Armed Trump trolls harassing Biden Bus on I-35, ramming volunteer vehicles & blocking traffic for 40 mins,” he said, before accusing Mr Trump’s son Eric of inciting “violence”.
“At least the Trump hearse is appropriate given the 200K Americans who have died due to his incompetence,” he added, referencing a vehicle driven by Mr Trump’s supporters to antagonise the bus.
Texans have already cast more ballots in the presidential election than they did during all of 2016, an unprecedented surge in a state that was once the country’s most reliably Republican, but may now be drifting toward battleground status.
More than nine million ballots have been cast in the nation’s second most-populous state, exceeding the 8,969,226 cast in 2016, according to an Associated Press tally of early votes from data provided by Texas officials.
It is the first state to hit the milestone. This year’s numbers were aided by Democratic activists challenging in court for, and winning, the right to extend early voting by a week amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Trump campaign are yet to comment.