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