Republican Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonJohnson, Cruz to meet with trucker convoy Tuesday in DC Overnight Health Care — Florida sets off COVID-19 vaccine firestorm Republicans warn Justice Department probe of Trump would trigger political war MORE (Wis.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzJohnson, Cruz to meet with trucker convoy Tuesday in DC Congress faces shutdown crunch time amid Ukraine crisis Reinstatement of marathon bomber’s death sentence exposes Democrats’ need to hide radicalism MORE (Texas) will meet with truckers from the “People’s Convoy” protest movement on Tuesday “to discuss the harmful effects of President BidenJoe Biden‘Batman’ scene criticized for portraying subway attack on Asian man GAO says 114 Capitol Police officers reported injuries on Jan. 6 Trump calls Barr a ‘Bushie’ who went to the other side MORE’s vaccine mandates,” they said Monday.
“We are law-abiding citizens that are just exercising our rights to this protest,” said People’s Convoy organizer Brian Brase.
Capitol Police issued an emergency declaration Sunday “to ensure that the US Capitol police are able to operate and respond as necessary” in response to trucker presence in D.C.
Additional Republican lawmakers have expressed approval of trucker convoy protests both in Canada and in the U.S., most notably Kentucky Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulJohnson, Cruz to meet with trucker convoy Tuesday in DC Senate sends bill to make lynching a federal hate crime to Biden Senate conservatives threaten to hold up government funding over vaccine mandate MORE.
“I’m all for it,” Paul said in early February, speaking of trucker protests. “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.”
The specific goals of the truckers is unclear. Most federal coronavirus restrictions are no longer in place, and, like many other localities, Washington earlier this month lifted its indoor mask mandate.