Rand Paul (R-KY) supports truckers in the US staging protests similar to those seen in Canada and some European countries in recent days.
What He Said: Speaking to the Heritage Foundation, Paul declared, “I’m all for it.” He added, “Civil disobedience is a time-honored tradition in our country, from slavery to civil rights, you name it. Peaceful protest, clog things up, make people think about the mandates.”
“And some of this, we started,” Paul said. “We put [COVID-19] mandates on truckers coming across the border from Canada so then 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.”
The Details: “Freedom Convoy” demonstrations began in Canada and are now spreading to other countries in protest of COVID restrictions. France is the latest country to see a convoy roll into its capital. The Department of Homeland Security advised local police forces that a cross-country convoy is potentially in the works. It would start in California around the time of the Superbowl and aim to be in DC for Biden’s State of the Union address.