On his bully pulpit that he calls campaign rallies, Donald Trump has encouraged his supporters to “watch” other voters looking for crimes, joining a “Trump Army” to ensure that Trump wins the election in November. During a visit from vice presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Trump supporters in Texas took those words seriously, of course, and began clashing and trying to intimidate black voters.
Yesterday, a pro Trump caravan, escorted by Fort Worth police, tried to intimidate voters by driving through a polling station in a predominantly Black neighborhood. But the community wasn’t having it. pic.twitter.com/zN4YS46NaF
— David Kimball (@wxandnews) October 31, 2020
In one instance caught on camera, a caravan of cars escorted by police drove through a black neighborhood near where Sen. Harris was speaking, a place where black voters waited in line to cast their ballots. Those standing in line did not take well to the Trump signs and the attempts at intimidation, and they let the drivers causing problems know about it.
A local ABC affiliate in Fort Worth reported that during Sen. Harris’s visit there:
‘At the exact same time, President Trump supporters clashed with counter-protesters just two miles away outside of a polling place on Richardson Street on the last day of early voting. Tina James said it was the second time in a week Trump supporters gathered in the predominantly Black neighborhood. “For the most part those are not residents of Stop Six or even southeast Fort Worth,” James said.
‘Trump supporters said they were simply exercising their right to peaceably assemble but James called it voter intimidation. “You had seniors turning around because they were afraid to go vote on Wednesday,” James said. “They were afraid to go vote for fear they were going to be arrested or pushed or hurt.”’
With just three days left to go before the 2020 presidential election ends, the right to vote is more important than ever, and police should be discouraging these attempts, not escorting a caravan past a polling place. But with Trump in office and rallying his “army” on, the next 72 hours may prove nail-biting in more ways than one.
Twitter was stunned by the video of the intimidation tactics. Read some of their comments below: