Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is encouraging the prospect of protesting trucker convoys to make their way into the United States and “clog up cities.”
“I’m all for it,” Paul told The Daily Signal on Thursday. “Civil disobedience is a time-honored tradition in our country, from slavery to civil rights, to you name it. Peaceful protest, clog things up, make people think about the mandates.”
“And some of this, we started,” the Republican explained. “We put [COVID-19] mandates on truckers coming across the border from Canada so they put mandates on, and the truckers are annoyed. They’re riding in a cab by themselves, most of them for eight, 10-hour long hauls, and they just want to do what they want to do. It’s their own business.”
“It’d be great, but the thing is, it wouldn’t shut the city down because the government workers haven’t come to work in two years anyway,” Paul snarked. “I don’t know if it’ll affect D.C. It’d be a nice change. We’d actually have some traffic.”
“I hope the truckers do come to America,” he emphasized. “I hope they clog up cities.”
Citing the trucker convoys and parents protesting at school board meetings, Paul said we’re seeing a “break in the dam” against left-wing COVID-19 restrictions.
“Several Democratic governors are finally sort of relinquishing,” he noted. “What they’re finding is, moms and dads are upset about this. They’re not just Republican. Everybody’s upset about this. They’re annoyed that their little kids have to be in a mask.”
Alternatively, Democratic politicians, such as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, have encouraged an end to the Freedom Convoy.
“As Canadian truckers block the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) called on Canadian authorities to take ‘necessary and appropriate steps,'” The Daily Wire reported Thursday.
“My message is simple: reopen traffic on the bridge,” the governor said in a statement. “In Michigan, our economy continues to grow because of our hardworking people and innovative small businesses. Now, that momentum is at risk. Commercial traffic is at a standstill at the Ambassador Bridge and heavily backed up at the Blue Water Bridge.”
“It is imperative that Canadian local, provincial, and national governments de-escalate this economic blockade. They must take all necessary and appropriate steps to immediately and safely reopen traffic so we can continue growing our economy, supporting good-paying jobs, and lowering costs for families,” Whitmer added.
Moreover, the protesting truckers are currently battling efforts to thwart their fundraising. The Daily Wire reported Thursday:
GiveSendGo, the Christian crowdsourcing company, is pushing back against an Ontario court that issued a ruling earlier Thursday evening that effectively froze access to monetary donations to truckers and other Canadians participating in the Freedom Convoy protest in Ottawa, Canada, and elsewhere, through a government order.
GiveSendGo tweeted Thursday evening that Canada has “absolutely zero jurisdiction” over how they dispense their funds and that all donations on GiveSendGo.com, including the Freedom Convoy, will go to their intended charities.
"I hope the truckers do come to America," says @RandPaul. "I hope they clog up cities."
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) February 10, 2022