First, it's important to note the the crystalizing moment for this behavior was in Texas, where a self-professed 'Trump train' of people in vehicles harassed and blocked a Biden/Harris campaign bus on its way to an event, blocking traffic and damaging cars ostensibly belonging to volunteers (though it isn't clear those people were actually volunteers for the Biden/Harris campaign). Texas may be starting to turn purple — this election will tell — but it is hardly a blue state by any means. The subsequent events were somewhat more organized and intentional protests chiming off that original spontaneous event.
The subsequent events that happened in blue states weren't intended to directly hamper the vote. They had two goals:
- To build group cohesion and energy by making a public demonstration
- To generate conflict that might be interpreted as a threat, and thus act as an implicit voter suppression tactic
These goals are far better served by staging the protests in predominantly blue states, because:
- Conservatives in blue states feel unheard, and are in most need of
building group cohesion and energy
- Blue states protests are likely to tweak stronger reactions from liberals, generating more publicity and air time than similar events in red states
Any other time I would view these actions as standard and unobjectionable protests (with the inevitable collateral damage from participants on the low end of the moral development scale). Staging them days before a national election, however, starts to take on the sickly odor of an authoritarian regime: shades of the Iranian paramilitary Basij patrolling pro-democracy protests in Tehran, running down random protesters with their motorcycles to intimidate the group as a whole. It's clear enough that many of these 'Trump train' participants would like to imagine themselves as that kind of paramilitary force — groups like the Proud Boys have said as much — but it is disconcerting seeing them start to organize as such.