Rand Paul Calls on Freedom Truckers to Come to America and ‘Clog Up Cities’
'Civil disobedience is a time-honored tradition in our country'
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has called on trucker convoys to come to the United States and “clog up cities.”
In an interview with The Daily Signal, Paul said:
“I’m all for it.”
“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," he said.
“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,” he continued.
"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," he said.
“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.”
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.”
Democratic politicians like 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.
Protesting truckers are also battling efforts to thwart their fundraising.
As Neon Nettle reported:
GoFundMe caused outrage by dissolving the fundraiser for the Freedom Convoy and refusing to distribute funds raised on their behalf.
The massively popular fundraiser generated several million dollars from people around the world for the protesters before GoFundMe shut it down and refused to pay out the donations.
"The fundraising effort had raised C$10 million — around $7.9 million —, and C$1 million had already been distributed to the organizers of the so-called Freedom Convoy before GoFundMe took the decision to stop the fundraiser,” Newsweek reported.
“GoFundMe initially announced on Friday it would refund contributions to anyone who applied and the remaining funds would be distributed to charities chosen by the Freedom Convoy organizers and verified by the crowdfunding site.”