Trump tweeted a video of the convoy surrounding the Biden Bus with the caption “I love Texas!”
“For the second time in a week, your campaign has left your supporters stranded in the cold with no transportation in one of the giant rallies,” Russo said on Twitter. “You should probably spend more time worrying about these buses than our time.”
The episode was an ugly closing note to the 2020 presidential campaign, which saw Texas state record-breaking for early total votes already exceeding the total number of votes cast there in the 2016 election.
The Biden campaign bus was heading Friday from San Antonio to Austin as part of a campaign to urge Biden supporters to cast their ballots on the state’s last day for an early vote.
According to a source familiar with the accident, the cars were from “the Trump train group.” These groups are known in parts of the state and organize events that include cars carrying Trump flags and tools and drive around to show support for President Donald Trump. The group started shouting profanity and insulting and then surrounded all of Biden’s entourage.
The campaign official said that at one point they slowed the tourist bus to nearly 20 miles an hour on Interstate 35. The vehicles slowed down in an attempt to stop the bus in the middle of the highway. The source said that nearly 100 cars were around the campaign bus. The source said Biden employees were disturbed by the event, although no one was injured.
Staff on the bus called 911, which eventually led to local law enforcement assisting the bus to its destination.
Neither Biden nor his running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, were on the bus. Multiple sources tell CNN that Wendy Davis, a former state senator who is challenging Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas’s 21st congressional district, was on the bus. Davis’ campaign declined to comment.
The aide said that Biden’s campaign, among what was described as an abundance of caution, ended up canceling an event scheduled for later that day in Austin.
“Instead of engaging in a fruitful conversation about the radically different visions that Joe Biden and Donald Trump have put forth for our country, Trump supporters in Texas today decided instead to put our employees, agents, supporters, and others in harm’s way,” Biden’s campaign communications in Texas told CNN director Tarek Tuvik .
“Our supporters will continue to organize their communities for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the Democrats up and down the ballot, and to Texas who disrupted our events today: We’ll see you on November 3rd,” Thofick said.
CNN contacted Trump’s campaign for comment.
This story has been updated to include Biden’s campaign response to Trump’s tweet about the incident.
CNN’s Ashley Kellogg, Ed Lavandera, Donald Judd and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.