Rand Paul is 10-4 on trucker convoy in Canada over COVID mandates coming to US, to 'clog up cities'

Paul argues U.S. contributed to the Canadian trucker outrage by putting mask mandate on those crossing the border

Updated: February 11, 2022 - 2:08pm

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Libertarian-mined Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul is getting behind the trucker convoy in Canada that opposes government-mandated COVID-19 vaccines and says he hope the movement comes to the U.S. to likewise “clog up cities."

"I’m all for it," Paul told The Daily Signal on Thursday. "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."

Paul also argued the United States contributed to the trucker outrage north of the border that has now essentially gridlocked Windsor, Ontario. 

"Some of this, we started," he said. “We put [COVID-19] mandates on truckers coming across the border from Canada so 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."

While touting a U.S. version of the convoy, Paul also seems to take a dig at COVID health-safety policies in American cities that has made them nearly empty at times since the pandemic started roughly two years ago. 

"It'd be great, but the thing is, it wouldn't shut the city down because the government workers haven't come to work in two years anyway," he said. "I don’t know if it'll affect D.C. It'd be a nice change. We’d actually have some traffic ... I hope the truckers do come to America. I hope they clog up cities."