American Republican Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy thanked Canada’s Freedom Convoy truckers for opposing the “totalitarian” streak in the Canadian government.
“Truckers aren’t just haulers of goods, they’re guardians of our way of life & guardians of freedom on our highways,” Ramaswamy wrote in a post on X, formerly Twitter. “Last year, the Canadian Freedom Convoy taught the world a valuable lesson about the power of civil protest against an out-of-control totalitarian government.”
“Remember that Canadian convoy of truckers who bravely stood up against those vaccine mandates?” asked Ramaswamy in the video.
“Well the Canadian government revealed how authoritarian they really are. Silencing those truckers with censorship, even seizing or freezing their personal bank accounts. That was wrong and I respect those who through their civil disobedience reveal civil overreach on the part of government, administrative overreach,” Ramaswamy said.
“Thank you to those truckers in Canada for doing their part.”
His comments were part of an announcement that he would be in Walcott, Iowa at the World’s Largest Truckstop, where he plans to lay out a “detailed plan for how we support our truckers and our supply chain while ensuring freedom for all.”
He thanked America’s and Canada’s truckers for being on the “frontlines.”
“Together we’re going to be the frontlines of preserving our freedoms as Americans,” he said.
“The Canadian truckers were solely instrumental in pulling back provincial injection mandates. They also made Trudeau come entirely out of the shadows to show all of his cards (freezing bank accounts and jailing political dissidents),” commented one X user under Ramaswamy’s post.
“They had an effect in the US, as well. I have no doubt that draconian restrictions would have endured longer here had Canadian truckers not acted,” wrote another user.
The trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber, two of the Freedom Convoy organizers, remains ongoing in Ottawa. They have been accused of mischief, intimidation and several other charges in relation to counseling others to break the law.