'Pileup of chumps': AOC mocks Trump supporters blocking road in New York

Pro-Trump caravan was due in Manhattan, where police arrested almost a dozen counter protesters 

Gino Spocchia
Monday 02 November 2020 14:07 GMT
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Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has described drivers who supported Donald Trump and blocked a road as “a pileup of chumps”.

She wrote on Twitter on Sunday as a pro-Trump caravan blocked traffic on New York City's Whitestone Bridge, which connects the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx, that those involved were “chumps”.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez, whose district includes parts of both boroughs, said she “took the Throggs Neck [bridge]” because she had “heard there was a pileup of chumps on the Whitestone [bridge]”.

She responded to another Twitter user who shared a video from Whitestone Bridge and wrote: "I hope AOC isn't using the Whitestone Bridge today there is a lot of traffic!"

The user, whose name appeared as Midnight Rider Chump for Trump!, appeared to be a pro-Trump account.

The Republican president’s supporters, whose caravans have made national headlines in recent days, also drove over New York’s Mario Cuomo Bridge on Sunday afternoon, causing disruption to traffic.

The caravan had been due to move though downtown Manhattan on Sunday, AM New York reported, but was not seen in the downtown area.  

At least 11 people involved in counter-protests, who planned to meet the pro-Trump drivers in Manhattan, were meanwhile arrested for for various offences after they met riot police, ABC New York reported.

According to AM New York, offences included “failing to follow lawful orders,” disorderly conduct and the assault of an officer.

It was not clear whether anyone involved in the pro-Trump caravan was arrested on Sunday.

New York, which leans Democrat, is not considered a competitive state in Tuesday’s election, which takes place in less than 48 hours.

Mr Trump, who campaigned in must-win states this weekend, described his supporters whose vehicles ambushed a Joe Biden campaign bus in Texas last week as “very good people”.

The FBI is investigating the Texas incident.

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