President Biden’s Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin has reportedly approved a request for 700 National Guard members to deal with the trucker convoy’s protest in Washington, D.C.
The Daily Wire reports:
According to the National Guard Bureau, Austin approved requests for roughly 400 members of the D.C. National Guard and 300 members from outside of the District of Columbia; the Bureau said none of their members will carry firearms “or take part in law enforcement or domestic-surveillance activities,” ABC News reported, adding, “Officers from Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department will increase patrols on Feb. 22 through March 5, shortly after the State of the Union, according to an internal MPD message obtained by ABC News. The department will also have two rapid response teams ready.”
Three convoys have already announced their intentions to travel to the Washington D.C. area: Bob Bolus Towers & Truckers for America, The People’s Convoy, and The American Truckers Freedom Convoy. The Bolus group was planning on leaving from Scranton, Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
He said of the convoy’s hoped-for numbers: “I hope 10,000, but it’s all up to who shows up and joins us on the way. We have food; we have beverages for our people that are going. We’re gonna just enjoy it; it’s our outing to let Washington know they work for us; we don’t work for them.”
The People’s Convoy is planning on leaving Wednesday from Adelanto, California. Their mission statements asserts, “Americans love our freedoms and love the Constitution of The United States of America. This convoy aims to bring back our freedoms, our civil liberties, and bring an end to all unconstitutional mandates.”
The American Truckers Freedom Convoy is funded by “The Great American Patriot Party” political action committee, wrote on the PAC’s, “Freedom convoys are peaceful, non-violent, demonstrations by those who wish to express their constitutional rights.”