American Democrats have not wasted any time emulating their Canadian left-wing colleagues in addressing the prospects of multiple trucker convoys protesting the federal government’s COVID responses in the US. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) set the bar for progressive lunacy relatively high this week when he openly mused about the prospect of seizing and selling off privately owned tractor-trailers without even a wink at due process.
Gallego, who has served in Congress since 2015 representing much of metropolitan Phoenix, tweeted Monday that an American truck convoy would be a “perfect time” to impound trucks owned by protesters so they can be given to “small trucking companies looking to expand their business.”
He was responding to Bob Bolus, a convoy organizer who told reporters that the truckers plan to go “along the beltway” in the DC area, where the “beltway will be shut down.” Bolus said that truckers planned to keep a lane on the highway open for free passage by emergency vehicles.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has represented Arizona’s 4th congressional district northwest of Phoenix since 2013. He responded to Gallego by saying in a quote tweet that the Democrats plan to “redistribute wealth with no court proceeding or due process” recalled the actions of Lenin’s early USSR government in going after the “kulaks.” He referred to the kulaks, who were private farmers that the Soviet government liquidated by taking away their land and privately owned property after the dictator declared them “class enemies” of the people.
Radio talk show host Dana Loesch responded to Gallego’s proposal by noting that it is “also known as theft.”
The American truckers convoys are modeled on the recent weeks-long Canadian Freedom Convoy that resulted in multiple large trucks being seized and towed away from the downtown Ottawa area. Some protest participants there were arrested or cited for various violations.
‘The Mayor of Ottawa inspired Gallego. The latter has said that he is working with other authorities to explore the possibility of selling the seized vehicles and applying the proceeds to costs the city can claim for responding to the protest.