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‘Trump train’ intimidation

I went to the Kamala Harris drive-in rally at UT Rio Grande Valley on Oct. 30. I could not get an entrance ticket, so I drove around and found a spot outside the campus fence where I could see the large projector screen on the school rear parking lot and hear the loudspeakers.

There were other Biden supporters standing there. After a while, many Trump supporters with red hats, shirts and flags showed up. So many that it seemed they would hold their own rally. But they were mostly disrupting, repeatedly shouting, “Four more years.” They made absolutely no effort to hear what Senator Harris was saying, most of which they would benefit from.

I asked a lady holding a Trump sign why she was attending a Biden rally, but she could not answer. It made no sense to me. I doubt they got any sympathy from onlookers driving by. They showed senseless animosity, gross disregard for the rights of others, and an apparent need to keep others from expressing opposite views.

Sadly, this is part of Trump’s effect. Trump works hard to keep people from voting, to choose freely and to invalidate ballots while his supporters disrupt Democratic rallies, misusing their rights to trample the right of others to lawful assembly.

On Oct. 31, several news outlets reported an incident on Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Austin where a Biden campaign bus was harassed by several pick-up trucks flying Trump flags, a “Trump train.” Videos showed them closing on the bus, getting in front and sides, slowing the bus down and even bumping other vehicles, apparently trying to force the bus off the road.

After a 911 call, Texas troopers showed up to escort the bus to Austin, where a scheduled Biden campaign rally had to be canceled. I saw a similar “Trump train” of about 30 trucks rough-riding through downtown McAllen, clearly trying to make a statement. They were an intimidating sight.

Mr. Trump reacted to the Biden campaign bus incident stating, “I love Texas!” even though his supporters could have caused a serious/deadly accident. This is certainly not the reaction expected from someone sworn to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Mr. Trump should know about the immeasurable damage he causes to America, beginning with the open hostility and divisiveness he brings upon us and promoting disrespect for American laws.

Raul Field Escandon


Confrontation: Deal with it

Poor Beto O’Rourke was campaigning in Mission doing his part for the Harris- Biden ticket and was confronted by Trump supporters and he was unhappy. Well Beto, if you can’t take the heat in the kitchen get out. After all, your Democratic pals Maxine Waters and Corey Booker both encouraged Democrat supporters to harass Trump administration officials and fellow representatives. According to a 2018 report by NBC news about the incarceration of children at the border, Waters said, “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Waters later said she was not inciting violence, just peaceful protest, so Beto was just getting some peaceful push- back from Trump supporters. Sadly, Beto, still thinking he’s the media darling of months past, received a wake-up call from Valleyites who are tired of him picking up the cause of BLM and illegal migrants forgetting the constituents he was supposed to represent; the fact that he is no longer in office proves that!

Jake Longoria


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