The fight for the presidency is on the streets.
In several cases, supporters of President Trump have disrupted traffic in recent days. Trump supporters encircled a Biden campaign bus in Texas on Friday, and Trump supporters stopped traffic on two major highways in New York and New Jersey on Sunday.
On Sunday the FBI said it was investigating the incident in Texas, which Mr. Biden described as an attempt to “get off the street” with his team.
But Mr Trump defended the Texan drivers in a post on Twitter on Sunday night, saying, “In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong. Instead, the FBI and the judiciary should investigate the terrorists, anarchists and agitators of ANTIFA who are running around burning down our Democrat-run cities and hurting our people! “
And his spokesman, Jason Miller, when asked about the New York and New Jersey incidents, made a similar plea, saying he was more concerned that “downtown Washington corporations are having to go their windows to crack down on lawless people.” , stirring up violent Biden supporters and looting Tuesday night. ”
During the Texas incident on Friday several vehicles with Trump flags and signs surrounded a Biden Harris campaign bus On the way from San Antonio to Austin, Biden Campaign officials had to scrap two events, according to Democratic officials.
“We’re so much better than that,” Biden said during a campaign stop in Philadelphia on Sunday. “It’s not who we are. And we have to change it. “
Then, on Sunday, caravans of President Trump’s supporters blocked them Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and the Garden State Parkway, which growls traffic on two of the busiest highways in metropolitan New York just two days before Election Day.
Videos recorded by motorists showed the President’s supporters parked in the center of the west-facing lanes of the bridge that spans Interstate 287 over the Hudson River and is named after the father of current Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
Some of them got out of their vehicles in the rain and waved Trump banners and American flags while motorists honked their horns.
The episode occurred around the afternoon when the caravan in Tarrytown lined up on the shoulder of the freeway before pulling onto the span that replaced the Tappan Zee Bridge and connects counties of Rockland and Westchester.
Senator David Carlucci, a Democrat representing Rockland County, described the blockade on the bridge as “aggressive, dangerous and ruthless” with individuals “putting themselves and others at risk.”
“The New York State Police should work to identify and prosecute these people,” Carlucci said. “We all have the right to show support for a presidential candidate, but we don’t have the right to endanger others or break the law.”
William Duffy, a spokesman for the New York State Police, said the soldiers monitored the protest, but there were no arrests.
“The bridge never closed,” said Mr Duffy, adding that traffic had been restored. According to the state police, the traffic was briefly stopped three times.
In New Jersey, a caravan of Trump supporters was snarling traffic on the north-facing alleys of the Garden State Parkway near the Cheesequake Service Area in South Amboy, according to videos and local media reports.
The New Jersey State Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Sunday’s disruption was due to mounting tension during the elections.
In Georgia, Democrats said they had decided to hold a virtual press conference instead of a face-to-face event in Floyd County to criticize Mr Trump for holding a large rally in the county seat of Rome during the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic officials said they had chosen not to hold a face-to-face event because they were concerned about a possible “large militia presence” in the city, drawn by Mr. Trump’s rally.
“He seems to be pouring fuel into the fire of fear and hate,” said Wendy Davis, a Democrat and city commissioner in Rome. “We have reason to believe that there might be people looking for trouble today, and our law enforcement friends have been busy protecting the president here as they should have been. As a precaution, we said, we will de-escalate. “