Trudeau Doubles Down on Calling Trucker Protesters ‘Tinfoil Hat’ Conspiracy Theorists: ‘I Won’t Apologize’

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had doubled down on his previous comments where he labeled Freedom Convoy Trucker protesters as “tinfoil hat” conspiracy theorists.

During a recent interview with CTV News, Trudeau defended his remarks regarding the trucker protests of 2022.

As protesters flooded the streets over his policies, Trudeau tried to smear the demonstrators by claiming they were spreading so-called “disinformation” and “misinformation.”

The Canadian leader somewhat walked back his previous remarks, calling the people he referred to a “small minority” group within the “movements” that are spreading “harmful lies.”

“Those people, and they were a small minority within the larger ‘anti’ movements who were really vocal, I don’t and I won’t apologize for calling out people who were harming their fellow Canadians,” Trudeau said.

“So, ‘tinfoil hats’ comment, you don’t regret?” asked CTV’s Omar Sachedina.

“When someone believes that your government is trying to inject a vaccine in you to control your mind and track you and there’s a microchip in it, that’s almost the definition of a government conspiracy theory, that you wear a tinfoil hat to protect your brain from brain waves,” Trudeau concluded.

However, this statement by the prime minister differs from his remarks during the onset of the protests.

At the time, he referred to the demonstration in its entirety as a “fringe minority.”

In January 2022, Trudeau said that the views expressed by “a few people gathered in Ottawa” were a “continuation of what we have unfortunately seen in disinformation and misinformation online – conspiracy theorists about microchips, about God knows what else that go with the tinfoil hats.”

He continued by claiming that other Canadians were “watching in disgust and disbelief at [the] behavior” of the protest.

Trudeau also alleged that citizens were “wondering how this could have happened in our nation’s capital.”

At the time, Trudeau also pointed toward “Nazi symbolism, racist imagery, and desecration of war memorials” at the protests.

However, the details of Trudeau’s claims were not exactly clear, despite multiple investigations into a Nazi flag and a Confederate flag seen in the first few days of the city’s standstill.

Allegations also emerged in the media that protesters allegedly urinated on a war memorial, but no charges were ever filed.

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In late 2021, Trudeau said that the unvaccinated were “often misogynists” and “racists.”

He also called unvaxxed people “extremists” who “don’t believe in science.”

Trudeau also boasted in the end-of-2022 interview that “people went out and got vaccinated to a higher degree than just about any other country.”

He pointed toward figures showing a total vaccination rate of 80.5% for the entire country.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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