Local Democrats said they were forced to cut the plug at a planned rally in Pflugerville – a small town about 17 miles north of Austin – for “safety reasons.”
It happened as running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, was on a three-city tour of Lone Star State in an attempt at a last-minute vote.
Traditionally a Republican stronghold, the battle for Texas’ 38 electoral college votes is likely to end in the wire.
President Trump has a slight lead in the state, says Five thirty-eightthe latest survey update. But that advantage is within the margin of error, and a victory for Biden in Texas could be the key to his path to the White House.
Sheryl Cole, a Democrat running for re-election to Austin’s council, said officials had canceled an event intended to feature the city’s young party members and the Biden campaign.
“This is a first for me,” Ms. Cole said of the decision to drop the event. “Sadly, pro-Trump protesters have escalated well beyond the safe limits. Sorry to anyone who was looking forward to this fun event, ”she added.
Congressman Lloyd Doggett, United States Representative Candidate Wendy Davis and Austin Mayor Steve Adler were among the speakers scheduled to deliver remarks at the event.
A Biden / Harris campaign bus made a brief stop in downtown Austin and was heckled by a dozen supporters of President Trump. It was not immediately clear whether Senator Harris was traveling by bus.
According to local Democrats, the same group of Trump supporters followed the bus across the country in an attempt to disrupt events in key battlefield states.
Rafael Anchía, a member of the Texas House of Representatives, said some of the agitators carried arms.
“Trump-armed trolls harass Biden Bus on I-35, crushing volunteer vehicles and blocking traffic for 40 minutes,” he said, before accusing Mr. Trump’s son Eric of incitement to “violence”.
“At least Trump’s hearse is appropriate given the 200,000 Americans who have died due to his incompetence,” he added, referring to a vehicle driven by Trump supporters to antagonize the bus .
The independent contacted the Texas Democratic Party and the Texas State Highway Patrol for their comment.