The supporters of President Donald Trump, who recently harassed the campaign bus of Democratic candidate Joe Biden in Texas, were armed and organized their action on a private QAnon Facebook page, according to a new report.
The report, released by the fact-checking site Snopes, states that the convoy of trucks that were videotaped around a Biden-Kamala Harris bus on Interstate 35 in Texas organized the event on a private Facebook page called Alamo City Trump Train. The report also notes that messages between members of the group indicated that they were armed with rifles.
According to the report, one group member posted “#OperationBlockTheBus RN” on October 30, where “RN” refers to “right now.
The posting “was supported by 142 responses, including like-minded people, laughing emoticons or love hearts. “I LOVE IT!!!!,” said one commentator. “That’s great,” said another. Other comments included: “Great job”, “GOOD”, “I love it”, “That’s damn funny” and “Fantastic”, Snopes wrote in his report.
In the report, Snopes notes that in his study of the private Facebook group, he found a number of postings and comments related to the QAnon conspiracy theory, whose supporters believe that several prominent members of the Democratic Party are part of a satanic cult involved in child sex trafficking.
In a post found in the group, one member shared a screenshot he believed was from “Q” and others commented on the conspiracy theory slogan, “”WWG1WGA” or “Where We Go One We Go All”.
According to Snopes, QAnon logos, signs and flags were also found throughout the Facebook page.
In addition, Snopes notes that on October 31, the day after the incident, a group member posted a post challenging news articles suggesting that those involved in the operation were armed, to which another group member replied, “Yes, we are armed and dangerous.
“We are in Texas. Everyone is armed,” commented another member of the group, according to Snopes.
“Because it’s Texas and we’re not fucking around, we’re always armed,” was another comment, Snopes reported.
The incident Snopes reported happened on October 30 when several Trump supporters were seen on video around the Biden Harris campaign bus. The incident prompted Biden’s campaign to cancel a joint event in Pflugerville with the Austin Young Democrats and Texas House of Representatives representative Sheryl Cole for security reasons, and the FBI announced that they would begin an investigation into the incident.
A video of the incident was posted by Trump on Twitter with the headline “I LOVE TEXAS!
In response to the FBI investigation, Trump posted another tweet titled “In my opinion, these patriots have done nothing wrong. Instead, the FBI and the judiciary should investigate the ANTIFA terrorists, anarchists and agitators who run around burning our Democrat-ruled cities and hurting our people!
In my opinion, these patriots have done nothing wrong. Instead, the FBI and the judiciary should investigate the ANTIFA terrorists, anarchists and agitators who are burning our Democrat-ruled cities and hurting our people! https://t.co/of6Lna3HMU
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2020
According to CBS News, a statement from the Biden campaign said: “Instead of engaging in productive conversation about the drastically different visions Joe Biden and Donald Trump have for our country, the Trump supporters in Texas [yesterday]decided instead to put our employees, deputies, supporters and others at risk.
Washington Newsday asked Biden and Trump for comments on their campaigns, but did not receive a response in time for publication.