As David Neiwert reported, the whole thing was recorded. “Videos show the pro-Trump vehicles surrounded the bus on the freeway and slowed its progress, as passengers and drivers shouted obscenities and various epithets; one witness claimed many of them were armed,” Neiwert wrote. “At one point, a pickup driver veered into a campaign staff vehicle following the bus and smashed its fender, forcing it into another lane.” The video also showed the planning—or conspiring—part of the attack. “Videos showed the vehicles lined up along the freeway in wait for the bus, then speeding up and surrounding it as pro-Trump onlookers cheered and laughed. According to people on the bus, the vehicles slowed and appeared to attempt stopping the bus altogether.”
A later event with state Rep. Sheryl Cole was also cancelled because of the threat to participants and public safety.
There were no criminal charges filed against the Trump supporters involved, but there is an FBI investigation that an official confirmed to CNN is still ongoing. The plaintiffs in this suit are also suing San Marcos, Texas,law enforcement officials and employees for refusing to respond to the incident.
“Though I’ve been involved in many political campaigns for myself and others over the past couple of decades, I have never before experienced the threat or fear I felt when the ‘Trump Train’ surrounded our bus,” Davis told CNN. “I’m a part of this suit because I’m worried that this sort of dangerous behavior threatens to become the new normal if we don’t stop it.”
That’s one former elected official’s response to the attack. Then there’s Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican. He was thrilled by it.