Louisville Courier Journal – Sen. Rand Paul has watched the protests in Canada over coronavirus restrictions shut down several blocks in Ottawa for weeks and bring traffic along key nearby crossings to a halt.
Now, he’s ready to roll out the welcome wagon for the protesters in the U.S.
In an interview Thursday, the senator said “it’d be great” if the protests spread to Washington, D.C..
The protests in Canada, referred to as the “Freedom Convoy” by supporters, are set to enter their third consecutive weekend …
Paul, a frequent critic of U.S. COVID policies, told the Daily Signal that the protests were an example of civil disobedience – a “time-honored tradition in our country”:
“I hope the truckers do come to America, and I hope they clog up cities. We’re seeing a break in the dam now. Several Democratic governors are finally sort of relinquishing.
“What they’re finding is moms and dads are upset about this, they’re not just Republicans. Everybody is upset about this.”
Paul might just get his wish.
The Super Bowl is set to take place Sunday in Los Angeles, and the Department of Homeland Security warned state and local law enforcement departments Tuesday that protests could potentially begin in California before convoying through the U.S. to make it to the nation’s capital by March 1, the day President Joe Biden is set to give his State of the Union address.
“While there are currently no indications of planned violence, if hundreds of trucks converge in a major metropolitan city, the potential exists to severely disrupt transportation, federal government operations, commercial facilities, and emergency services through gridlock and potential counterprotests,” the memo said, according to USA TODAY.
Paul’s office did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Friday.