Asked by The Daily Signal about his thoughts on the convoy and the potential for it to spill over into Los Angeles, home of Sunday’s Super Bowl, or into the nation’s capital, Paul said Thursday that “it’d be great” if the anti- mandate, truck-inspired protests popped up in the United States to “clog things up.”
“I’m all for it,” Paul, a longtime opponent to masking and vaccine mandates, told the conservative media outlet. “Civil disobedience is a time-honored tradition in our country, from slavery to civil rights, to you name it. Peaceful protest, clog things up, make people think about the mandates.”
He added: “I hope the truckers do come to America, and I hope they clog up cities.”
Paul’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Three big US business groups have warned the protests are putting further stress on an already struggling supply chain. In a joint statement earlier this week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable and National Association of Manufacturers called on the Canadian government “to act swiftly to address the disruption to the flow of trade.” Auto industry trade groups also warned the protests were causing “additional strain.”