Republican Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is calling on American truckers across the country to rise up and protest against federal vaccine mandates.
Speaking during a new interview with The Daily Signal on government tyranny and civil disobedience, Paul urged truckers in the USA to fight for freedom.
“I’m all for it,” the senator told the outlet.
“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,” Sen. Paul 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 in America and parents protesting at school board meetings in America, 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,” the senator noted.
“Everybody’s upset about this.
“They’re annoyed that their little kids have to be in a mask.”
"I hope the truckers do come to America," says @RandPaul. "I hope they clog up cities."
New interview on COVID tyranny and civil disobedience with Dr. Rand Paul dropping shortly via @DailySignal! pic.twitter.com/b5EDvsUloy
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) February 10, 2022
Alternatively, Democrats, such as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, are demanding an end to the Freedom Convoy.
On Thursday, as Canadian truckers blocked the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Whitmer called on Canadian authorities to take “necessary and appropriate steps” to end the protests.
“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,” Whitmer added.
“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.”
My message is simple: reopen traffic on the bridge. pic.twitter.com/EwDEn17sRA
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) February 10, 2022
Moreover, the protesting truckers are currently battling efforts to block their fundraising.
Crowdsourcing company GiveSendGo is currently 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.
The company vowed that all donations on GiveSendGo.com, including the Freedom Convoy, will go to their intended charities.
Know this! Canada has absolutely ZERO jurisdiction over how we manage our funds here at GiveSendGo. All funds for EVERY campaign on GiveSendGo flow directly to the recipients of those campaigns, not least of which is The Freedom Convoy campaign.
— GiveSendGo (@GiveSendGo) February 11, 2022