Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego suggested officials seize trucks involved in the upcoming American version of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ trucker protest and sell them.
Gallego, perhaps caught up in the excitement Democrats felt in watching Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s crackdown on the Canadian truckers convoy this past week, made the remark on social media.
The Political Insider reported recently that multiple groups are setting off from California this week.
An NBC report indicates truckers “plan to shut down the Beltway Wednesday.”
Gallego contributed to the report, and he also offered his views on the best course of action.
“Perfect time to impound and give the trucks to small trucking companies looking to expand their business,” he tweeted.
It’s a great time to take the trucks and make them available to smaller trucking businesses looking for expansion. https://t.co/1pHURh0hbr
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) February 22, 2022
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Several Twitter users pointed out that Ruben Gallego’s proposal to seize trucks amounts to simple theft.
Conservative radio show host Dana Loesch replied, “Also known as theft.”
Also known as theft https://t.co/2bKRgbYHgG
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 22, 2022
“A sitting member of congress wants to steal protestors’ trucks and redistribute,” one woman responded.
“Siding with foreign dictators,” writes Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter.
Schlichter is likely referencing North America’s newest dictator in Trudeau, who this week sent law enforcement out to quash protests using horses, arrested convoy leaders, and froze the bank accounts of those involved.
Supporting foreign dictators. https://t.co/l2gAPWlDBr
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 22, 2022
RELATED: Capitol Police Reinstall Fencing As American ‘Freedom Convoy’ Heads To Washington
They’re Getting Ready
Jim Watson, Ottawa mayor, suggested that Gallego use the same approach regarding protestors who came from Canada.
“We actually have the ability to confiscate those vehicles and sell them,” Watson said. “And I want to see them sold. I don’t want the return to these people who’ve been causing such frustration and angst in our community.”
Ottawa Mayor Floats Selling Assets Seized From Freedom Convoy To ‘Recoup Some Of The Costs’ https://t.co/XPkPqTLJKb pic.twitter.com/2rz9QYGTVu
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) February 22, 2022
Fox News interviewed Derek Brouwer from Canada. Brouwer stated that the truck he was driving had indeed been taken and that his bank and personal accounts have been frozen.
“They’ve taken my truck – I don’t know where it is – and on Friday, they locked up my personal and my trucking business accounts,” he claimed.
Protest freezes trucker’s personal bank account pic.twitter.com/bda4mEp3cG
— Wittgenstein (@backtolife_2022) February 21, 2022
Meanwhile, law enforcement have re-installed fencing around the U.S. Capitol as reports of American truckers in the ‘freedom convoy’ head to the nation’s capital.
National Guard soldiers were deployed in order to maintain an eye and to set up blocks to discourage protesters.
Officials have also recruited tow truck drivers who told Fox News “they’ve been instructed to clear any vehicles that illegally block the D.C. streets.”
“law enforcement have so far been unable to secure the necessary number of tow trucks..so the National Guard will create strategic road blocks throughout DC”#FreedomConvoyDC
DC prepares for possible US ‘Freedom Convoy’ https://t.co/Xww4ewDkuX
— Phil Holloway™ ✈️ 😁 (@PhilHollowayEsq) February 22, 2022
Bob Bolus, who plans to lead a convoy from Scranton, Pennsylvania said, “We will be along the Beltway where the Beltway will be shut down.”
“I’ll give you an analogy of that of a giant boa constrictor,” Bolus said. “That basically squeezes you, chokes you and it swallows you, and that’s what we’re going to do the D.C.”
NEU: An organizer for one of the #TruckersForFreedomAccording to convoys, the intention is not to park at DC but to close down the Beltway.
— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) February 20, 2022
Are American truckers going to be subjected to the same forceful protests as Canadians?