Feb 12, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Rand Paul urges truckers to "clog up cities" in U.S.

Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, speaks with members of the media following a vote in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said this week that he hopes anti-vaccine protestors in trucks "clog up [U.S.] cities."

Driving the news: "I’m all for it," said Paul, a vocal critic of masking and vaccine mandates. "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."

  • "I hope the truckers do come to America, and I hope they clog up cities," Paul told the conservative Daily Signal in an interview Thursday.

State of play: A Department of Homeland Security bulletin warned law enforcement this week that a convoy of truckers protesting vaccine mandates, similar to protests in Canada, could begin soon in the U.S.

  • The bulletin said the convoy could "begin in California as early as mid-February and arrive in Washington, D.C., as late as mid-March."

The big picture: Protests over the vaccine mandates and other pandemic restrictions have spanned several days in Canada, blocking roads and portions of the busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing, cutting off key delivery routes and leading factories to shut down.

  • The blockade at the U.S.-Canada border is beginning to dissolve peacefully on Saturday after police moved in to remove the vaccine mandate protestors.

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