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Amused

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You gotta love it when they eat their own.

Jacob Whol and Jack Burkman attempted to get them to leave the Hagerstown Speedway and drive to DC and they thought he was a deep state plant and it get's VERY near violence. LOL They ran them both out under threat.


 
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KMFJD

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Looks like we got some decent reporting



We spent four hours walking around the “Peoples Convoy” Trucker encampment at the Hagerstown Speedway in MD. Anyone dismissing this as a failed event by the crazy fringe is missing the big picture.

Here are five important take-aways. 🧵

(Photos by @_Noelle_Cook).Image
1) There were thousands of people there. About a hundred semi-trailer cabs and hundreds of convoy pick-up trucks and SUVs filled nearly every spot in the huge Speedway parking lot. Tents were everywhere. On top of this, thousands of locals came for the day from MD, PA, WV, VA.ImageImage

2) There was a clear attempt to appear more mainstream. The focus was a big-tent ideology of “Freedom.” Although started by anti-vaxxers, it was re-framed as “protecting our liberties” in ways that allowed for diverse beliefs. Christian Nationalism mixed with QAnon spiritualism.Image
It was pitched as being "open to all people, regardless of party, race, religion...” Plenty of Proud Boys, etc., but few overt expressions of white nationalism. (Note: Lots of Trump gear, but no one was talking about him. Not one person mentioned Russia or Ukraine all day).Image


3) This was White America. Despite the “everyone is welcome” framing, it was 99% White people. The talk was about uniting Americans across class lines. The rally was “led by our blue-collar boys” (heard often) but was "bringing blue-collar and white-collar America together.”Image


4) This was a movement-recruiting event. It was designed to draw people in with a family-friendly, carnival atmosphere. Free food & drinks. Booths, activities, a prayer tent. Revving engines, honking horns, bright lights. "Sign My Truck" with sharpies. T-shirt and flag vendors.Image
The convoy had its own entertainers: several DJs & a country music singer with a new CD about to drop. After dark, there were high-quality fireworks & a ceremony with truck headlights and giant flags. There was funnel cake. It was like a county fair without the rides & livestock.Image
There were people meeting & networking. Everyone seemed to be a Podcaster. Social media contact info was posted on dashboard signs. People stood in circles, bragging about past rallies & protests. “J-6ers” wore their participation in the Capitol Insurrection as a badge of honor.Image

Part of the recruiting was electoral. Republicans were portrayed as freedom's hope, Democrats its enemy. A guy riding an electric scooter with a bullhorn declared “All Democrats are pedophiles, no exceptions.” Much talk about the importance of voting at all levels of government.Image


5) It's non-violent...for now. Bad press and paranoia about FBI infiltration seemed to drive calls for non-violence. Organizers called off the drive to DC because: “It's a trap!” The main organizer: “We know there are people here for the wrong reasons and we know who you are!"Image
Still, there were violent undercurrents. Lots of talk of resorting to other (unspecified) means if non-violent protest didn’t work. Random shouts of “Fetch the Rope” and "hang him" greeted the reading of the names of US Senators who voted to uphold pandemic restrictions.Image
The most worrisome moment was when a crowd surrounded a Black reporter for DC's ABC affiliate. They asked why a Black reporter was sent. They demanded he say, "Truckers are heroes!" on air. When he refused, a man repeatedly shouted "LEAVE!" in his face. He left, visibly shaken.Image

Nevertheless, this was clearly a new effort to mainstream far-right beliefs by muting the white nationalism and violence of the Capitol Insurrection and prior protests. This was rebranding the right in broad, vague ways to recruit followers and mask internal differences.Image
The People's Convoy wasn't a failure. It was a movement-building event that drew thousands to Hagerstown & to overpasses & convoy stops across the US. These are exactly the kinds of hands-on, personal experiences that build connections, solidify commitments, & recruit new members
 

nakedfrog

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We were due to have our own convoy, they "expected 5,000", ended up with an average of 500 (peaking at 700).
Part of the recruiting was electoral. Republicans were portrayed as freedom's hope, Democrats its enemy. A guy riding an electric scooter with a bullhorn declared “All Democrats are pedophiles, no exceptions.” Much talk about the importance of voting at all levels of government.Image
Bets on how many gigabytes of child porn he has on his computer?
 

Fenixgoon

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Jun 30, 2003
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Sure enough, the Washington Post reported on Saturday that the organization that is taking in the money, American Foundation for Civil Liberties and Freedom, is run by a woman who pled guilty to felony fraud and exploitation in 2020. Currently, her arrest is sought "by authorities who allege she violated the terms of her community supervision."
Sounds legit...
 

sportage

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Feb 1, 2008
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Well... now that its over, can someone PLEASE deliver my Amazon package?

PS. And my Walmart is still out of Wheat Thins. :mad:
 

MrSquished

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As pretty much most major covid restrictions are disappearing, these morons are doing a freedom convoy to protest non-existent covid restrictions, and getting cheered at on the sides of highways, even up here in Northeast NJ, by a bunch of fucking useless ignoramuses. These people are just terrible.
 

UNCjigga

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Dec 12, 2000
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Easy to dismiss them now, but that Terry guy from that Twitter thread is on to something.

Remember the early days of the Tea Party movement? When a bunch of yahoos showed up at the Mall for a rally to protest “death panels” and no one could tell who was in charge? Well, that unorganized chaos of a movement quickly found deep pockets and helped fuel HUGE electoral gains for Republicans at every level of office (notable exception of the Presidency in 2012–but Mitt was never “one of them”.) That movement is what eventually gave us Trump.

The “Freedom Convoy” could be an early breeding ground for the grievances and messaging that could lead to Trump 2.0–with or without Trump’s blessing.
 

Bitek

Lifer
Aug 2, 2001
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Easy to dismiss them now, but that Terry guy from that Twitter thread is on to something.

Remember the early days of the Tea Party movement? When a bunch of yahoos showed up at the Mall for a rally to protest “death panels” and no one could tell who was in charge? Well, that unorganized chaos of a movement quickly found deep pockets and helped fuel HUGE electoral gains for Republicans at every level of office (notable exception of the Presidency in 2012–but Mitt was never “one of them”.) That movement is what eventually gave us Trump.

The “Freedom Convoy” could be an early breeding ground for the grievances and messaging that could lead to Trump 2.0–with or without Trump’s blessing.
It's possible. I wonder if it's actually bringing in any new people tho, or is it the latest retread of the Tea Partiers, Q nuts, Magas etc?

If it's not any new people, just rebranding, then less of a threat.
 

zinfamous

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I saw these cockholsters for the first time yesterday when driving home ~6ish. I drive down ~7 or 8 miles of 495 a couple times per week, (I try to take the Metro most of the week; Metro sucks ass), and haven't noticed them yet. No one talks about them around here. Local news ran one or two stories over the first two days they arrived, but no one really cares. They are meaningless circus freaks to the people that live here.

Anyway, I was heading back on the inner loop and noticed the first couple of flags passing by on the outer loop (I drive in the shitty direction each way, so I'm always in slow/stopped traffic, watching the opposing loop moving in relatively open lanes). Overall, I saw about 12 or 15 vehicles, maybe half of them 16 wheelers, but the rest box trucks or SUVs or whatever, spread out over 3 or more miles. They were scattered and useless in DC traffic. In fact, I was thinking if they did line up and set a 35 mph pace like they were always threatening, it would be a huge benefit. I rarely get above 15-20mph during my commutes, so was kinda hoping these dickless bitches would show up and improve on that, lol.

But no. Drivers are hyper aggressive around here, and doubted these carpetbaggers would be able to maintain their phalanx of nazified meth freaks, and so it seems. I made sure, while driving in the left lane and just over the Jersey barrier to the convoy running opposite, that they all got a nice view of my favorite finger if they cared to look over.
 

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