Allen West, leader of the Texas Republican Party, told a local news reporter to “stop harassing him,” in response to her recent request for comment regarding the group of Trump supporters who were following a caravan of Biden Harris campaigners as they crossed a highway on Friday.
In an apparent effort to stop the caravan’s continued movement, last week’s confrontational pursuit pattern led to at least one vehicle collision and prompted officials of the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign to cancel several events originally scheduled for later in the afternoon.
Reporter Abby Livingston reported on the pro-trump group’s attempt to thwart Biden’s campaign bus in an article published by the Texas Tribune on Saturday in which West was asked to comment. The leader of the Texas Republican Party did not respond to Livingston’s questions, as they were directly related to the caravan, but instead claimed that the reporter was trying to “portray conservatives as violent radicals.
In a statement released Saturday on the official Texas GOP website, West endorsed Livingston’s Texas Tribune report, but focused his response on cases of violence and property damage in protests against racism and police violence across the United States.
West was far from being the first conservative to refute questions about the aggressive behavior of Trump supporters with unfounded remarks targeting Black Live’s Matter.
“It is leftists from Antifa and BLM who have attacked, robbed, and looted fellow citizens and their property,” he suggested in his Saturday statement, referring to the loosely organized far-right group that Trump called a “terrorist organization,” although there was no evidence linking them to any criminal activity that indicated this.
In addition, numerous local leaders and law enforcement officials have made it clear that people who loot facilities and damage property during the protests are separate from the protesters who demonstrate against police abuse. Yet in the recent Texas GOP statement, West asked, “Where is the concern of the liberal corporate media about this real violence?
“Furthermore, none of what your question implies is true. It’s more like fake news and propaganda. Prepare yourself to lose … stop harassing me. Maybe Soros can write you another check in 2022,” he concluded. Billionaire investor George Soros has donated large sums to support Biden’s presidential campaign.
Photos and videos released to social media on Friday featured a group of vehicles, all decorated with flags, confirming support for President Donald Trump and pushing Joe Biden’s campaign bus as it drove from San Antonio to Austin. Tariq Thowfeek, the Texas communications director of Biden’s campaign, announced that the planned events in Austin would be cancelled for security reasons.
“Instead of engaging in productive conversation about the drastically different visions Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, Trump supporters in Texas today instead decided to put our staff, deputies, supporters and others at risk,” Thowfeek reportedly said in a statement released Friday to several news agencies, including the Texas Tribune.
Tekk.tv approached the Biden campaign and the Texas Republican Party for additional comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.