Ricky Schroder Calls on U.S. Truckers To 'Shut Down' D.C., State Capitals

Ricky Schroder has called on U.S. truckers to "shut down" Washington, D.C., as well as a number of state capitals, to protest COVID vaccine mandates.

In a video shared on his Instagram account this week, the former Silver Spoons star, 51, praised Canada's "Freedom Convoy" truckers, who have been protesting a COVID vaccine mandate for all truckers going between the U.S. and Canada.

As the truckers continue to blockade several U.S.-Canada border crossings, conservative Schroder said that he had heard "a great potential event" of a similar ilk is on the verge of taking place in the U.S. He also stated that "there will be no peace and there will be no justice" unless "these people" are "held accountable."

Starting his video by reading a lengthy Bible passage, the actor went on to throw his support behind the protesting truckers, as he said: "I think we see what we're facing here. It's an evil that is trying to be forced upon our children, upon us. God bless the Canadian truckers and the Canadian cowboys up there on the border.

"I heard a great potential event's gonna happen for us with our truckers. [They're] gonna maybe start mobilizing and doing what we need to do, which is shut down D.C., shut down Sacramento, shut down Albany, shut down these states and this capital until we root out this evil that was almost perpetrated on us. We were so asleep.

"But we do have to root this out, We can't just turn a blind eye to it. These people must be held accountable for what they've attempted to do, or there will be no peace and there will be no justice.

"So God bless the United States, God bless all of you who are fighting and resisting, God bless those who are waking up to what the true intent was behind this."

The Canadian truckers' mass protest has been the cause of a traffic gridlock in Ottawa for the past two weeks. On Monday night, the blockade was extended to the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario—shutting out inbound traffic and placing a chokehold on a major supply route into Michigan.

A hugely lucrative route, $323 million worth of goods is transported over the Ambassador Bridge each day. More than two-thirds of the $511 billion worth of goods traded between the U.S. and Canada annually are transported by road.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki warned the protesting truckers that the protests will have an impact on inflation and the supply chain. She also stated that President Joe Biden's administration and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer are monitoring the situation at the Ambassador Bridge, per the Detroit Free Press.

White House economic adviser Brian Deese told MSNBC on Thursday that the ongoing protests stand to "do nothing but hurt the economy, hurt families who are, you know, just trying to make a living."

Amid the protests, policymakers have started to make changes. Saskatchewan this week became the first Canadian province to announce it would end all COVID restrictions, while Alberta and Quebec are expected to be next in line.

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Actor Ricky Schroder has called on U.S. truckers to "shut down" Washington, D.C, and state capitals across the country in protest of COVID vaccine mandates. Pictured left, trucks line up at the Blue Water Bridge that connects Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Canada in Port Huron, Michigan on February 10, 2022. The Canadian trucker protest has temporarily side-lined a key auto industry transport route, adding stress to a North American car industry already pinched by low inventories and supply chain problems that have sent vehicle price soaring. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic;/JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images