Trump made a video of the caravan surrounding Biden’s bus with the caption, “I LOVE TECH!”
“For the second time in a week, your campaign has let your supporters cool off without getting into one of your superconsumers’ rallies,” Russo said on Twitter. “Maybe you should spend more time worrying about these buses than ours.”
The episode was a nasty closing point for the 2020 presidential campaign, which in Texas has pioneered pioneering early voting sets that already exceed the total number of votes cast there in the 2016 election.
Biden’s campaign bus traveled from San Antonio to Austin on Friday as part of a push to urge Biden supporters to vote on the last day of the early voting state.
According to a source familiar with the incident, the vehicles were a “Trump Train team”. These groups are known in parts of the state and organize events that include their cars with Trump flags and paraphernalia and drive around to show support for President Donald Trump. The group started shouting and swearing and then blocked Biden’s entire environment.
At one point, the tour bus slowed to about 20 miles per hour on Interstate 35, the campaign official said. The vehicles slowed down to try to stop the bus in the middle of the highway. The source said there were almost 100 vehicles around the campaign bus. Biden staff were shocked by the incident, the source said, although no one was injured.
Staff on the bus called 911, which eventually led local law enforcement to assist the bus at its destination.
Neither Biden nor his partner, California Sen. Kamala Harris, was on the bus. Many sources tell CNN that Wendy Davis, a former political senator challenging Republican spokesman Chip Roy for the 21st Texas Congress, was on the bus. Davis’ campaign declined to comment.
Biden’s campaign, which has been described as very careful, ended up canceling an event scheduled for that day in Austin, the aide said.
“Instead of engaging in a productive discussion about the dramatically different visions of Joe Biden and Donald Trump for our country, Trump supporters in Texas today decided to put our staff, deputies, supporters and others at risk. Director Tariq Thowfeek told CNN.
“Our supporters will continue to organize their communities for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the Democrats up and down, and to the Texans who cut short our events today: See you on November 3,” Tofek said.
CNN reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.
This story has been updated to include the Biden campaign response to Trump’s tweet about the incident.
CNN representatives Ashley Killough, Ed Lavandera, Donald Judd and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.