The “Freedom Convoy” of truckers protesting vaccine mandates has gained international attention and clearly upset liberals across the board.
Now, one Democratic governor is taking the movement on.
Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer attacked the convoy, which began as a result of Canada’s new vaccine mandate to cross the border. Whitmer told CNN ‘We are at an economic crisis in this moment because of this illegal blockade.”
Whitmer earlier this week called on Canada to reopen the bridge, clearly no fan of the protest. Whitmer was particularly strict with COVID rules in her own state.
“My message is simple: reopen traffic on the bridge,” Whitmer said in a statement. “In Michigan, our economy continues to grow because of our hardworking people and innovative small businesses. Now, that momentum is at risk. Commercial traffic is at a standstill at the Ambassador Bridge and heavily backed up at the Blue Water Bridge. The blockade is having a significant impact on Michigan’s working families who are just trying to do their jobs. Our communities and automotive, manufacturing, and agriculture businesses are feeling the effects. It’s hitting paychecks and production lines. That is unacceptable.
Whitmer argues the blockade is costing millions of dollars.
“The Ambassador Bridge is the busiest land border crossing in North America, used by tens of thousands of commuters and truck drivers carrying hundreds of millions of dollars of goods every day. Countless Michiganders rely on this daily flow of goods and people to get things done. It is imperative that Canadian local, provincial, and national governments de-escalate this economic blockade. They must take all necessary and appropriate steps to immediately and safely reopen traffic so we can continue growing our economy, supporting good-paying jobs, and lowering costs for families.”
Supporters of the truckers say this is an example of how valuable they really are and why their rights should not be violated.
“Understandably, citizens across the globe are speaking out against many of the limitations on individual freedom being imposed under the guise of COVID restrictions, which many of these same elected leaders mandate on others yet don’t even follow themselves,” Reps. Steve Scalise, R-La. and James Comer, R-Ky. in a joint statement. “And even in the United States—the freest country in the world—the Biden Administration continues to harm countless Americans by perpetuating unscientific COVID-19 policies and fears.
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