Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that he would be “all for” large-scale anti-mandate protests like the one occupying the Canadian capital at the Super Bowl and in Washington, D.C.
Paul sat down for an interview with The Daily Signal, where he was asked to comment on the NBC News’ report about Freedom Convoy-like protests poised to take place in Los Angeles during the Super Bowl and in the nation’s capital for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address.
“I’m all for it,” Paul said. “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.”
“And some of this, we started,” he added. “We put [COVID-19] mandates on truckers coming across the border from Canada so then 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.”
The Kentucky senator then said that he hoped “the truckers do come to America” to “clog up cities.” He also added that the protests, if materialized, would not shut down the government of Washington, D.C., as federal employees haven’t been physically present at their workplace for the past two years.
“It’d be a nice change. We’d actually have some traffic,” Paul said of the potential demonstrations’ effect on the city.
Paul then went on to point out that many Democrats had begun backing down on mask mandates, seeing that it was a widely unpopular measure.