Trump Claims Supporters Were ‘Protecting’ Biden-Harris Bus Forced Off Highway

Topline
A day after the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was looking into allegations a group of pro-Trump vehicles attempted to drive a Biden-Harris campaign bus off the highway, President Trump appeared to rewrite history during a rally Sunday, claiming the supporters were merely “protecting” the bus “because they’re nice.”

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Key Facts

Trump made the comments during a rally in Washington, Michigan:

Late Saturday, Trump appeared to cheer on the group of supporters, linking to a video of a group of trucks brandishing Trump flags and saying “I LOVE TEXAS.”

Key Background
On Saturday, videos emerged online of a group of a dozen or so vehicles bearing Trump flags tailing and surrounding a Biden campaign bus on a Texas highway. The bus was carrying U.S. House candidate and former Texas legislator Wendy Davis on her way to a campaign event in the area. The Biden campaign told Forbes the pickups “attempted to slow the bus down and run it off the road,” and that the campaign called law enforcement for an escort and then canceled the campaign stop out of an “abundance of caution.” Some conservatives online have disputed the Biden campaign’s allegations, claiming the bus and a white SUV accompanying the bus were straddling lanes. Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler, a Republican, told the Texas Tribune the Biden campaign did not alert his office about the trip beforehand. “The planning of this was questionable,” he said.

What To Watch For
The Texas Tribune reports the FBI is investigating the incident.

Crucial Quote
In a video online days earlier, Donald Trump Jr. encouraged Trump supporters to give Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) a nice “Trump train welcome” when she visited the state over the weekend.

Further Reading
Trump Praises Drivers That Biden Campaign Says Tried To Run Bus ‘Off The Road’ (Forbes)

Pro-Trump Trucks Tried Running Biden Bus ‘Off The Road,’ Campaign Says (Forbes)

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