QAnon Followers Encourage Canada-Style Trucker Protests In the U.S.

QAnon followers have pushed to replicate the Canadian "freedom convoy" in the U.S. and further afield in a bid to spread their agenda within the conservative mainstream.

Numerous QAnon influencers have promoted the ongoing Canadian freedom convoy on their social media accounts as a model to replicate in order to overturn vaccine mandates in the U.S. and beyond.

Since President Joe Biden's inauguration in January 2021, the QAnon movement has dropped much of its terminology and latched onto other conspiracy theories and conservative issues as avenues to advance their agenda.

While attempting to break into mainstream discussion, QAnon influencers still harbor unfounded beliefs a globalist cabal of satanic pedophiles runs child sex trafficking rings where children are harvested for their blood, which they believe is used by elites to extend their lives.

Major figures within the QAnon conspiracy promoted the freedom convoy, where truckers have occupied the Canadian capital of Ottawa in the bid to overturn COVID-19 restrictions.

General Michael Flynn and lawyer Lin Wood, who both command a following of hundreds of thousands from within the QAnon conspiracy community after they pushed baseless claims of election fraud, have praised those involved in the convoy on multiple occasions.

Other influencers in the QAnon conspiracy movement have also shared posts on social media platform Telegram, where they have either uploaded or forwarded messages that encourage a similar convoy in the U.S. and abroad.

John Sabal, who until recently went by the moniker QAnon John, shared a January 29 post with his 81,000 followers, which read: "Who's ready for the truck convoy to converge on the hellhole of D.C.? Collectively, we will put so much pressure on the swamp that it forces all the demon creatures to break.

"Viva la revolution. We will show these tyrants they are messing with the wrong people, and we will send a loud message to Davos and beyond. With God by our side and fighting with us. You will not win this. You will never take our freedom. LFG [let's f***ing go."

Another account with 159,000 Telegram followers shared a video claiming to be of a so-called freedom convoy in Europe. The February 4 post, seen by 129,000 people, read: "Finland convoy against tyranny and mandates. Replicate this worldwide. Honk for freedom patriots."

QAnon influencer Qtah, who recently launched a crowdfunder for medical bills after he became infected with COVID, has uploaded and forwarded many posts about the trucker convoy.

Qtah forwarded a post from a pro-convoy Telegram account which read: "We have reports that the White House is in full panic now as they try to stop a convoy to D.C. They won't succeed."

Former New Mexico State University professor David Clements, who is slated to speak at a QAnon conference organized by Sabal, said Americans should not be outdone by the convoy.

Clements, who has closely aligned himself with QAnon influencers, said in a February 3 post: "Will America be outdone by Canada on the most amazing trucker convoy in history? This isn't a criticism of Canada. You guys rock.

"Whatever Canada is doing should be smashed immediately as a matter of national pride in the record books by American truck drivers. Source? Every Olympics ceremony and Rocky movie ever. My Buick is the truck of Sedans. Let's get the convoy rolling."

Another QAnon influencer asked their 22,820 followers in a February 5 poll the question: "I'd support an American convoy. You?"

Of the 1,096 people who responded to the poll, 99 percent of people said they would support a similar convoy in the U.S.

Since January 29, the freedom convoy has blocked major roads in Ottawa and truckers have tooted their horns, disturbing residents. The protest has continued to swell in size, with many calling for an end to all COVID-19 mandates in the country.

A GoFundMe campaign, which raised millions in donations for the truckers, was suspended after Ottawa police raised concerns about the protesters.

But a new appeal on GiveSendGo has raised nearly $6 million for the freedom convoy as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for protesters to end their demonstrations.

In response to concerns about the appeal, GiveSendGo said in a February 7 statement: "GiveSendGo does not condone violence of any form! We believe there's more power in the unity of a peaceful protest than in violent civil unrest.

"As in any polarized situation, we recognize there will be a few individuals and groups that might intentionally try to incite violence, which will be used to stain this movement by opposing groups. We will not broad-stroke those individual situations as a depiction of what this movement represents as if they were affiliated.

"GiveSendGo has also been in contact with the campaign organizers and has received full assurance that all funds raised will go to provide humanitarian aid and legal support for the peaceful truckers and their families as they stand for freedom."

Protesters say Trudeau introduced a draconian requirement for unvaccinated cross-border truckers, who now need quarantine when they return home. Those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 will not have to isolate, according to the recently-introduced law.

Several smaller "freedom convoy" demonstrations have been held across the globe, including in the U.K. where Labour leader Keir Starmer was surrounded by a mob who supported the Canadian truckers' cause.

Newsweek has contacted the office of Trudeau and organizers of the freedom convoy for comment.

Freedom Convoy Ottawa
Truckers refuel their trucks in the cold during the Freedom Convoy truck protest on February 5, 2022 in Ottawa, Canada. QAnon influencers hope to replicate the convoy in the U.S. and abroad. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

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