With the approaching presidential elections, there has been a noticeable increase in the parades of vehicles carrying flags in support of President Donald Trump. From one coast to another, vehicles in favor of Trump have held up traffic for miles and miles. There have also been Pro Trump boat parades along the country’s coastlines.
A Tweet Sunday shows such traffic jams on the Whitestone Bridge in New York City, the part of Interstate 678 that connects Queens to the Bronx via the East River. The caption reads: “This is the part of Interstate-678 that connects Queens with the Bronx via the East River: “I hope the AOC doesn’t use the Whitestone Bridge today, because there’s a lot of traffic there! The tweet has an emoji of the American flag behind it.
Democratic Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district includes the northern part of Queens and the eastern part of the Bronx, responded by calling Trump supporters “a bunch of morons.
“I took the [Throgs] neck. I heard that there was a cluster of fools on the Whitestone,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
I took the [Throgs] neck. I heard that there was a pile-up of fools on the Whitestone,” https://t.co/Vbaug6OLjy
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 1, 2020
The Throgs Neck Bridge also crosses the East River, but via Interstate-275. The Twitter user to whom the AOC responded has the nickname “Chump for Trump” as part of the handle, which has 53,000 followers.
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New York is not considered a swing state for the presidential election, as it usually selects a Democrat. It’s the same in California, but that hasn’t stopped many Trump supporters from lining the streets and waving flags, like this scene in Beverly Hills on Saturday.
My friend and I watched the Trump rally in Beverly Hills today and found a huge crowd of very enthusiastic and very different supporters. I don’t know exactly how many, but someone said it was 10,000 or more. Some wore masks, some did not. #BeverlyHills #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/oZSvRCRd5w
– Alana Stewart (@AlanaKStewart) November 1, 2020
This weekend in Austin, Texas – another Democratic stronghold in an otherwise conservative state – many vehicles carrying Trump flags surrounded a bus for the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris campaign. The bus was on its way to Austin, where an event was to be held to rally support for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Katie Naranjo, the leader of the Democratic Party in Travis County, said that Trump supporters in Austin were trying to “harass” and “intimidate” Biden supporters.
“Today @realDonaldTrump supporters followed the Biden bus through central Texas to intimidate Biden supporters. They ran into a person’s car and shouted swearwords and threats. Don’t let the bullies win, vote,” Naranjo twittered on Friday.
Today @realDonaldTrump supporters followed the Biden bus across central Texas to intimidate Biden supporters. They ran into a person’s car and shouted swearwords and threats. Don’t let the bullies win, vote. pic.twitter.com/CIyEWwbvqU
– Katie Naranjo (@KatieNaranjo) October 30, 2020
Democratic activists said that Trump supporters were trying to “lock up” the Biden Harris bus.
Trump tweeted a video of the Austin scene on Saturday with the words “I Love Texas.
I LOVE TEXAS! pic.twitter.com/EP7P3AvE8L
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2020
The comments from Ocasio-Cortez come just over four years after Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called the Trump supporters a “basket of regrets” in 2016. Republican voters turned this into a battle cry to win the vote for Trump, who defeated Clinton in the last presidential election.