Donald Trump says a group of supporters who tried to run a Biden campaign bus off the road are “patriots” who “did nothing wrong.”
Supporters of the President were accused of trying to “intimidate” Biden campaigners on a highway near Austin, Texas.
Shocking footage shows a group of vehicles carrying Trump flags surrounding the battle bus.
At one point, one of the 4x4s hits another car – reportedly being driven by a Biden campaign staffer – which had been following the bus – pushing it out into the middle of the three-lane highway.
The FBI has launched a probe into the incident, which took place on Friday.
In a statement they confirmed: “FBI San Antonio is aware of the incident and investigating. No further information is available at this time.”
But in response, President Trump appeared to excuse their behaviour.
He tweeted: “In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong.”
And he went on to suggest the FBI investigate anti-fascist protests instead.
Yesterday he tweeted a video of the incident and wrote: “I LOVE TEXAS!”
Frontrunner Joe Biden today told reporters: “We’ve never had anything like this. At least we’ve never had a president who thinks it’s a good thing.”
Describing the events, yesterday, Historian Dr Eric Cervini tweeted: “I flew down to Texas to help with the Biden/Harris bus tour, intended to drum up enthusiasm at polling locations. Instead, I ended up spending the afternoon calling 911.”
He said the trucks were waiting to “ambush” the bus when it left San Antonio.
“These Trump supporters, many of whom were armed, surrounded the bus on the interstate and attempted to drive it off the road, he said. “They outnumbered police 50-1, and they ended up hitting a staffer’s car.
“The police refused to help. When I flagged down one officer, he said his hands were tied: “not my jurisdiction.” He was wearing a blue stripe bandana.
“Understandably, though nobody was hurt, the rest of the tour was cancelled.”
He added: “And as a historian who studied the rise of the Third Reich, I can tell you: this is how a democracy dies.
“While Germany still had elections and Hitler was merely a disgraced politician, his militia of Brownshirts interrupted his opponents’ political meetings and incited violence on the streets.
“You know what happened next.”
Approached for comment by the Texas Tribune, Texas Republican Chairman Allen West said: “It is more fake news and propaganda. Prepare to lose … stop bothering me.”