A Biden Bus carrying several prominent Texas Democratic candidates from San Antonio to Austin on Friday was forced to cancel a campaign stop in San Marcos and at other events, including a rally in Austin, after dozens of vehicles flying Trump flags swarmed around it on I-35, sparking safety concerns.
The bus was leaving a campaign event in San Antonio as part of a “Battle for the Soul of the Nation” tour staged by Democrats as U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris campaigned in other parts of the state.
Aboard the bus were Wendy Davis, the Democrat who is running against incumbent Republican Chip Roy for the 21st Congressional District; Democratic Congressman Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who represents District 35; and Roland Gutierrez, a candidate for Texas senate District 19.
Members of the Trump Train also allegedly damaged a white SUV and cursed at Biden supporters.
Randi Ceh, wife of Trump Train NB Founder Steve Ceh, posted a video on her Facebook page showing trucks and cars surround the bus as it drove through New Braunfels. New Braunfels Trump Train also posted this video on YouTube.
It is unclear when or where members of the New Braunfels Trump Train joined the convoy, but the video appears to have been taken around the Solms Road Exit 183 as the Biden Bus headed north.
Ceh declined to comment for this article but did share another video she said proves the Biden Bus tried to run a Trump vehicle off the road. This video, which is inconslusive, will be uploaded to the site tomorrow.
Waiting for the bus in San Marcos was Erin Zwiener, who is up for reelection for Texas House District 45, along with her supporters. She confirmed cancellation of her campaign event in a Facebook video.
“We’re a little bit disappointed right now because of harassment from the Trump Train the bus was not safely able to stop,” she said, adding Texas voters would not be intimidated by this kind of behavior
“Scared to come to Texas, I don’t know why?” comments an unidentified man in a video posted by Facebook user Mimi Vetter, which shows dozens of vehicles accompanying the Biden Bus between New Braunfels and San Marcos.
In this video, shared by Ceh and on NB Local Facebook page, an unidentified laughing man describes the scene as “the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. They’re like literally escorting him out of town.
NB Local also posted to Facebook a video taken at I-35 and FM 725.
Gloria Meehan, Comal County Democratic Party chair, said this kind of behavior by the New Braunfels Trump Train is ruining Comal County’s reputation as a great place to live and visit.
“Frankly, I feel sorry for those involved with the Trump Train that they have nothing worthwhile to do, but drive around aimlessly, harassing and intimidating,” she said. “Why? Nothing good comes of idleness and bad intentions. They’re rudderless, adrift, lost in a sea of discontent. It’s unsustainable, and behavior like this strikes at the heart of our community and is driving our economy into the ground as folks no longer feel safe coming to New Braunfels and will take their tourist dollars elsewhere. The word is Comal County, for all its beauty, is dangerous and unwelcoming.”
On Thursday, a volunteer working at Democratic party headquarters in New Braunfels called police after a Trump supporter — who has sat outside the office since it opened in July, harassing anyone who walked through the door — began screaming and cursing.
Three police cars responded to the scene.
That evening, Trump Train New Braunfels posted on its Facebook page that 650 vehicles and over 1,100 people attended its weekly rally, making it “THE best Trump Train EVER.”
In Houston on Thursday, Republicans brought a casket to the Biden Bus Tour that contained a dark-haired mannequin some believed depicted Kamala Harris.
Inside was a mail-in ballot next to the mannequin that read, “Collecting Democrat votes one dead stiff at a time.”