'MAGA Convoy' Organizer Hopes Donald Trump Will Speak at Rally

The organizer of the "MAGA Convoy" — which is trying to capitalize on the "Freedom Convoy" trucker protests against COVID restrictions in Canada — hopes that former President Donald Trump and his sons will speak at rallies starting from later this month.

The American version of the protest is named after the controversial political slogan "make America great again," which was used most recently by Trump, but also previously by Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Trump has previously voiced his support for the Canadian truckers' movement.

The MAGA convoy is set to begin in Los Angeles from February 25 and work its way to Washington D.C. "with many stops in between," according to the organizers.

One of them, Dion Cini, gave an interview to Newsweek on Monday. It isn't the first time Cini has organised events associated with Trump – he's the organizer of OperationFlagDrop and Boaters for Trump.

Asked whether he wants to Trump to speak at the convoy, Cini said: "Once we get a little bit of steam on this, and we get some momentum, which we will – obviously I'm sure President Trump, [Donald Trump] Junior and Eric will all be speaking about what we're trying to accomplish here."

The purpose of the MAGA convoy, Cini said, is "far greater than just mandates," but about "American freedom in general". He said Americans are having their freedoms "stripped away" because of mask mandates and shutdowns, which are "a precursor of the bigger things to come."

Cini said that he hopes that the convoy goes on for months, and will be in Washington D.C. during the midterm elections in November. However, he didn't rule out them getting to D.C. before then. There were some early reports suggesting that a convoy could start last weekend in Los Angeles when the Super Bowl was on and end up in D.C. on March 1, when Biden makes his State-of-the-Union address. Cini said that arriving then would be "a bad time" politically.

Asked whether he thought holding the convoy during the midterms would stop people voting, Cini said: "It doesn't matter."

"At that point if we can get that same momentum that we got for our 70 million votes [in the 2020 election], we got 10, 11 million [more] votes last time, if we can't get momentum going by starting now, it doesn't matter. If we [conservatives] don't do it, then we lose."

Building Momentum

Cini said he wants the convoy to be peaceful, but he hopes it gets the momentum going "that the FBI and the government took from us in January 6th". On that date in 2021, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in riots that left five people dead and at least 138 injured. Four officers who responded to the attack died by suicide within seven months of it.

So far, the convoy has raised $6,250 in donations, according to its website. The donations will go toward supplying the drivers and support staff with fuel for travel and warmth. They will also fund water, food, shelter, legal and financial aid. Cini said that he wants to eventually raise "$15 million to $20 million," but said this would be over some time as U.S. truckers "are making a lot of money right now" and don't need the same financial support as the Canadian ones.

Asked whether he was inspired by the Canadian movement, Cini said: "I'm not inspired by what the Canadians are doing. I'm sort of using it as leverage. We're taking what they're doing and making it worth taking what they're doing and making it better. Bolder like the like the American people do."

The convoy originally began as a group of angry truckers in Western Canada who organized a protest against COVID restrictions, brought in on January 20, for unvaccinated truckers crossing the Canada-U.S. border, whereby they would have to get tested for the virus and quarantine themselves upon returning to Canada.

The truckers descended on Ottawa on January 28 and blocked the city's main roads, causing chaos and disruption for the last two weeks.

There have been multiple arrests in connection with the convoy. There have also been protests at the border with the United States. The Canada Border Services Agency and White House said that late Sunday, the Ambassador Bridge border crossing between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, had been reopened after Freedom Convoy protesters blocked it.

The original Canadian convoy galvanized countries worldwide to emulate the protests.

"If we can't do it now, we can't do it ever," Cini said. "So I'm going to leverage all these movements. I'm going to gather all these groups, these groups together. And we're going to fight like hell."

MAGA convoy truck
A photo of a truck from the MAGA Convoy website. The movement hopes to draw on the Canadian truckers' movement, which protested against vaccine mandates brought in by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trump2024Swag.com