Drawing on inspiration from their northern colleagues, a Facebook group named “Convoy to DC” is calling upon all truckers in the United States to form a nationwide chain of semi-trucks and other vehicles in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The call comes as the reportedly 50,000 Canadian truckers formed this past weekend heading into Canada’s capital of Ottowa. The group has not set a date yet for when this convoy would start, but organizers and members have suggested that the protest begin in California and end in Washington, D.C.
“We are part of many large groups who believe in our founding fathers,” Convoy to DC stated in its “About” section on its Facebook page. “We believe everyone has a voice. We support our freedom. Help us spread the word about this group and together we all can make it a better place. God Bless America.”
The Facebook group calling for the U.S. convoy has amassed more than 90,000 members and followers, up from 67,000 on Sunday, based on media reports. While the group is asking for truck drivers and long haulers specifically to join the caravan, the page is filled with posts from non-truck drivers in support of the movement.
“There are plenty of retired Americans with Airstreams and RVs that can join the Trucker Convoys,” one user wrote. “They would be a great support team by cooking, providing supplies and nice washrooms for the truckers.”
“Excellent idea!! Everyone helps out,” another user responded. “This will have to be the BIGGEST convoy if it’s going to be effective!”
The group of Canadian truckers is officially known as “The Freedom Convoy.” It was initially formed to protest against a vaccine mandate that began on January 15 and demanded that truckers receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order to cross the Canadian-U.S. border. Additionally, unvaccinated drivers who crossed the U.S. border would have to quarantine, thereby missing work, upon returning home.
That protest has been extended to protesting all Canadian COVID-19 vaccine mandates and has gained international support.
On Sunday, The Daily Wire reported that in Canada, the convoy of truckers arrived in Ottawa for a protest attended by tens of thousands of people. Videos online of the protest showed thousands of people marching through Ottawa in support of the movement.
In response, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reportedly went into hiding. The mainstream media has called the Freedom Convoy racists, fascists, and more denigrating characterizations. On Sunday, The Daily Wire reported that Rebel News publisher Ezra Levant, an outspoken opponent of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, slammed the media for their inaccurate coverage at the rally on Saturday:
“I want to tell you what excites me the most about this crowd,” he continued, “I see a lot of cameras, a lot of independent journalists. Because when people say what do we do about the media, I say, you become the media, that’s what you do. … The news media is a party: the media party. It’s a subsidiary of the Liberal party. So you’ve got to tell the story yourselves. Everyone who is here, everyone who is around the road, has to bear witness and testify to what they saw, because there are two different competing narratives.”
“I’ve never seen a more diverse group of Canadians,” Levant declared. “They’re far from violence; people want to not be violated any more. Justin Trudeau says you’re extreme, but he’s the one who has violated our civil rights. He thinks we’re a ‘fringe,’ but that’s a pretty bloody big fringe.”