“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.”
– The Declaration of Independence
Hopefully, you’ll remember the above quote when you hear what Texas law enforcement had in store for President Joe Biden and his officials when they came to visit the Lone Star State about a year ago.
It’s the job of local law enforcement around the nation to help facilitate the safety of presidents and former presidents, and anyone that the Secret Service deems needs their assistance in protecting. Texas law enforcement, however, didn’t come running when campaign staffers for President Joe Biden called for them after their bus was allegedly harassed when supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the lawsuit cited by the Independent Journal Review.
It was last October, the election campaigns were in full swing, patriots were still swelling with joy over the anticipation of a free and fair election, and then-candidate Joe Biden sent some of his unsuspecting staffers to south/central Texas right after he made some inflammatory comments about the oil industry, and it did not go well for them.
In case you’re not from Texas and you don’t know where the “Texas tea” or “black gold” originates from, just know that there’s not a lot that happens in the San Antonio/Austin area or the corridor between the two that isn’t funded by an oilfield worker who doesn’t care to put up with much liberal bull.
And the only things that Texans like better than their oilfield workers are their military members and first responders. Central Texas is dotted with dozens of military bases, medical centers, and other America-first centered organizations – you know, the kind that keeps you safe from threats, “foreign and domestic.” But as it turns out, local law enforcement seems to have felt that the Democratic presidential candidate might have constituted one of those threats and didn’t feel the need to pitch in when Trump supporters surrounded the bus, making the liberal staffers feel very uncomfortable.
And, shockingly, being told that they were triggering someone didn’t do a lot to inspire the Texans to back off: “The trucks driven by the Trump loyalists drove in and out of the Biden convoy, boxed them in the road at one point and were involved in a fender-bender-type collision, according to Fox News. The bus, however, was never struck,” IJR reported.
According to The Texas Tribune, however, there were some conversations among officers on the day of the incident, and though it might seem like it was nothing more than politics on wheels, there was a suit filed against several law enforcement jurisdictions, claiming that the Biden staffers suffered “psychological and emotional injury.” The suit went on to claim that the officers were aware of “acts of violent political intimidation” but didn’t step in.
The 911 transcripts that are part of the case against the San Marcos Police Department demonstrate that Police Department Cpl. Matthew Daenzer rejected the idea of escorting the Biden campaigners:
“I am so annoyed at New Braunfels for doing this to us,” a dispatcher told Daenzer, who laughed at the comment, according to the transcript. “They have their officers escorting this Biden bus, essentially, and the Trump Train is cutting in between vehicles and driving — being aggressive and slowing them down to like 20 or 30 miles per hour. And they want you guys to respond to help.”
“No, we’re not going to do it,” Daenzer said. “We will ‘close patrol’ that, but we’re not going to escort a bus.”
The dispatcher told the Biden bus that they should “drive defensively” and to call back if they felt their lives were being threatened, which, of course, the staffers said had already happened, to with the police seemed to further dismiss the cries for help, understanding the depth of the staffers’ wussiness.
Are the police departments being drug to court? Yes. Do they likely still feel it’s totally worth it? I would guess so.