WATCH: 'Freedom Convoy' spokesman discusses trucker protest with Tucker Carlson

"Why does it fall to us?" said Dichter. "Because we're the ones who actually suffer the repercussions."


Fox News host Tucker Carlson sat down with "Freedom Convoy" spokesman Benjamin Dichter to discuss the massive trucker protest making headlines after thousands of Canadian truckers decided to descend on Ottawa.

Truckers from across Canada have been making their way to Ottawa over the past few days and are expected to reach the nation's capital shortly. To better understand the motives behind the movement, Carlson spoke with Dichter.

"Tell us why you're doing this," Carlson asked. "What's the point of this convoy?"

"Well it's simple," Dichter replied. "I mean we've seen Canada go from a country of Justin Trudeau's promises of 'sunny ways' into dark, authoritarian oppression and control." Dichter explained that the goal is to "get rid of the vaccine mandates, and the passports."

"The passports is the really concerning one," he added, detailing his experience of showing up to the border ready to provide his vaccine passport QR code, and being told by the border guard that it was already connected to his actual passport.

"Two things," Carlson responded. "One, you know, you drive a truck for a living. Your country and ours–you know, thousands of multiple-credentialed intellectuals are paid to think about this stuff. Why has it fallen to you to connect the obvious dots? God bless you for that. Second, do you think you can stop this with your trucks?"

"Why does it fall to us?" said Dichter. "Because we're the ones who actually suffer the repercussions."

Dichter then went on to comment on the Canadian economy, claiming that he thought Alberta, Canada's energy powerhouse, "looked like a third world country," even before COVID-19.

"So now these people who've had their industries crushed, their lives crushed," he continued, "COVID comes along and now they're treated like insects by the bureaucracy."

"You're a hero to all of us," he told Carlson, "and don't thank me; thank all those guys who are on the road right now fighting for our freedom."

What sparked the protests was a law enacted by the Canadian government, mandating all that cross-border truckers be vaccinated.

The policy took effect on Jan. 15, 2022, and sparked a movement of truckers across the country, who are now driving to Ottawa.

The so-called "Freedom Convoy" is traveling to Ottawa to protest the mandate, with many of the truckers believing that it is unfair to enact such a law when their job is largely isolated. Furthermore, truckers were hailed as heroes last year for ensuring a steady supply of food and PPE across Canada. Even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted out, "#ThankATrucker" in 2020.

On Wednesday, Trudeau described the members of the trucker convoy as "a small fringe minority" who hold "unacceptable views" that "do not represent the views of Canadians who have been there for each other."

Responses from the media have largely echoed the prime minister's statement, with some even going so far as to refer to the convoy as "Canada's January 6," referring to the storming of the US Capitol building by Trump supporters in 2021.

Podcasting star Joe Rogan suggested that Canada is in "revolt."


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