Asked by The Daily Signal for his thoughts on the convoy and the possibility of it extending to Los Angeles, host of Sunday’s Super Bowl, or the nation’s capital, Paul said Thursday that “it would be great” if the anti- mandate, truck-inspired protests sprung up across the United States to “clog things up.”
“I totally agree,” Paul, a longtime opponent of masking and vaccination mandates, told the conservative media outlet. “Civil disobedience is a time-honored tradition in our country, from slavery to civil rights, you name it. Peaceful protest, obstruct things, make people think about mandates.”
He added, “I hope truckers come to America, and I hope they clog up cities.”
Paul’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Three major US business groups have warned that the protests are putting more pressure on an already troubled supply chain. In a joint statement earlier this week, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers called on the Canadian government “to act quickly to address the disruption to the flow of trade.” Auto industry trade groups also warned that the protests were causing “additional tension”.