Supporters of President Donald Trump took part in so-called “Trump Trains” at the weekend, where there were reports of vehicles travelling miles across the country.
Just days before the election, trailers with vehicles, many of which carried Pro Trump flags, were seen in states such as Indiana, New York, California and New Jersey.
Most of the parades went without serious incidents. However, the FBI is investigating allegations that some Trump supporters tried to run a Biden campaign bus off the road in Texas on Friday.
On Sunday, the President’s sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., rescued a video that claimed that a parade in Arizona stretched more than 96 miles. This estimate was disputed online.
We love you Arizona! _COPY5¸ðºð¸ https://t.co/3uXicbYFgK
– Eric Trump (@EricTrump) November 1, 2020
Another video showing a long line of vehicles was published by the group “Students for Trump,” which said that a caravan in Colorado was 30 miles long.
30 Miles LONG in Colorado pic.twitter.com/noLZbf8ujf
– Students for Trump (@TrumpStudents) November 1, 2020
In Houston, police reported that up to a thousand vehicles participated in a parade along South Loop 610 near Kirby.
In a Twitter post, Houston police chief Art Acevedo announced a separate video showing trucks and cars and advised people to avoid the area for at least an hour as officers “want to keep people safe.
Kirby and 610 https://t.co/LrRKewyqUE
– Chef Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) November 1, 2020
In New Jersey, officials confirmed that a Trump rally on Sunday afternoon blocked traffic on the Garden State Parkway.
“I can confirm that there was a motorcade,” Thomas Feeney, a spokesman for the Turnpike Authority, told NJ.com. “It stopped at Cheesequake (rest stop) and eventually drove north. For about five miles, she jammed up the traffic. The vehicles pulled out at Interchange 135 (Clark/Westfield)”.
While many of the parades went off without serious incident, police in Richmond, Virginia, are investigating reports of a confrontation involving those participating in a “Trump Train” through the city.
Richmond police headquarters said that a woman reported that she was pepper-sprayed by an unidentified person from a vehicle near the circle around the Lee Monument on Sunday around 4:18 p.m.
A few minutes earlier, officials responded to reports that an unoccupied vehicle in the 1800 block of Monument Avenue near the circle was once hit by gunfire.
It is unclear whether the vehicle was participating in the Trump Parade. Richmond police were contacted for further comment.
Elsewhere, the FBI reported that they are investigating an incident on Friday in which a group of cars decorated with Pro Trump flags surrounded a Joe Biden campaign bus as it drove through Texas.
Critics have called this an intimidation tactic. The Biden campaign later said that they had to cancel an event in Texas “out of an abundance of caution” after Trump supporters tried to “force their bus off the road.
Trump initially responded to the incident by posting footage of the event on Twitter next to the caption: “I LOVE TEXAS! Later, the President criticized the FBI for its investigation and declared: “In my opinion, these patriots have done nothing wrong”.