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  • Halifax2TheMaxHalifax2TheMax Posts: 31,018
    Who knew? Suckers.

    They’re on a road to nowhere.

    Two weeks ago, an American trucker convoy set off from California with hopes of duplicating the international fame Canadian truckers gained protesting covid-19 restrictions north of the border. Instead, the copycat convoy wound up detouring into irrelevancy.

    As the truckers crossed the country, the reason for the protest largely evaporated: Mask and vaccine mandates tumbled — not because of the convoy but because the pandemic receded. And Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has dominated news coverage, leaving the truckers largely forgotten and sharply increasing the cost of fuel for their now-pointless mission.

    Now, they’re in the Washington area, camping out in Hagerstown, Md., and they’ve decided the best way to get themselves noticed would be to … make traffic on the Beltway?

    As Monday dawned at the Hagerstown Speedway, QAnon follower Micki Larson-Olson addressed the convoy drivers from the organizers’ stage, according to videos shared on social media. Wearing a head-to-toe U.S. flag suit, she identified herself as a “Q Patriot” and suggested she was facing trial for her role in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

    “I am now a proud General Flynn digital soldier,” she said, referring to Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s convicted (and pardoned) national security adviser. “I am also a proud Protzmanian.” For the uninitiated, that’s a QAnon sect that believes the late John F. Kennedy Jr. will return to reinstall Trump as president.

    Larson-Olson said more, but the sound system cut out as she outlined a conspiracy theory about 9/11.

    Maybe some of those in the convoy feel that way, too. No doubt some of them started out with genuine concerns about government overreach on covid. But the convoy took a wrong turn, and wound up traveling in the cul-de-sac of Trumpy conspiracy theories and hucksterism. The Post reports that the organization handling donations to the convoy, the American Foundation for Civil Liberties and Freedom, is run by a woman wanted for violating parole “after pleading guilty to felony fraud and exploitation charges in 2020.”

    Fraud and exploitation: the final destination of the trucker convoy? Not if JFK Jr. can help it.

    Opinion | The trucker convoy detours into conspiracy — and irrelevancy - The Washington Post

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