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Truckers Protest Shutdown With Slowdown

A protest involving more than 3,000 truckers blocking traffic in the heart of Washington D.C. has been revealed by one of the organizers as a hoax.

Earlier this week, one of the event's organizers, Earl Conlon, told U.S. News the plan was to disrupt morning commuters and demand the arrest of politicians who have not upheld their oath of office, including President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Dianne Feinstein.

"The comments to U.S. News were designed to do one thing and one thing only: stir the feather of the mainstream media," Conlon told The Washington Post. "Nothing gets the attention of the mainstream media like some sort of disastrous threat. I knew it was going to ruffle some feathers."

"Truckers Ride for the Constitution" was to be a three-day event where truckers would circle I-495 in the heart of the capital going 55 mph, blocking all but the left lane, which would have been kept open for emergency vehicles and supporters. Drivers were to signal their support by posting "T2SDA" on their cars; an acronym for the original name of the protest "Truckers To Shut Down America."

"We want these people arrested, and we're coming in with the grand jury to do it," Conlon told U.S. News. "We are going to ask the law enforcement to uphold their constitutional oath and make these arrests. If they refuse to do it, by the power of the people of the United States and the people's grand jury, they don't want to do it, we will. ... We the people will find a way."

​Conlon now claims he may be a no-show October 11. He told The Post truckers plan to only honk their horns in one lane of traffic as a form of protest.

The hoax seems to have begun last month when the event was called "Truckers To Shut Down America". The truckers' demands changed several times since the protest was first organized. A mission statement from the now defunct Facebook page has been partially preserved by The Blaze. Their original demands included "Congressional hearing on Benghazi and Seal Team 6. Louis Learner [sic] put in jail. No amnesty, remove all Muslims in our government that do not uphold the Constitution. Remove Eric Holder from office for crimes against the people and the Constitution. Last but not least is Fuel prices."

Conlon claims on a Tea Party website to have had premonition-style dreams of Barack Obama's entry into the White House, and he has "... always believed Obama to be the Anti Christ from the day i(sic) first laid eyes one him." He also claims that should Obama declare "Marshal Law" supporters will have will have "... a clear knowledge of who supports them and WHO TO SHOOT" (emphasis Conlon's.)

U.S. News pointed out that such tactics tend to fail. According to The Washington Examiner, in 2007 a similar three-day protest by truckers to draw attention to illegal immigration had little or no impact on commuters.



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      thdpkr01
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course these morons will claim this was a hoax. Their plan was an abject failure. You would see more rigs at any fuel stop on I-95 than appeared in DC. They will be scraping the egg from their faces for a while.
      ebubba52
      • 1 Year Ago
      tea bag? two homo men, one flat on floor , face up, other homo man places his homo balls upon the homo man face up, Tea bagging, yep
      Dans AOL
      • 1 Year Ago
      Heck if the trucks in the USA shut down for even 24 hrs there would be wide spread panic in the US. Most Cities in this country don't have but a 24 hr supply of food and goods in warehouses and less on the grocery store shelves. Besides if the trucks shut down it would be in violation of the Rico Act thanks to Jimmy Carter in 1980 when he deregulated thge trucking industry. I don't blame truckers for wanting to shut down since freight rates have not gone up since 1978 , but fuel , road use tax , tolls , tires , price of a tractor has all gone up 10 fold. Average meal in a truck stop now runs around $15.00 back when I was driving over the road till 2007 your average truck stop meal ran $10.00 or less . In 2007 I thought I was paying alot when Ultra Low Sulpher Diesel was around $2.00 a gallon, now it's over $4.00 a gallon. As a company driver in the late 90's early too 2007 I was making $0.42 a mile and average 2600 miles a week, last fall I went back on the road and with 20+ years of experiance was offered only $0.34 a mile and I was only averaging 2200 miles a week . Yes I do think this guy Conlon is a nut , and as for a few of the comments I read in here I think you 4 wheelers should learn how to drive around trucks. Stupid people in their cars cut off a truck weighing 80,000 lbs then expect the tractor trailer to stop on a dime! That is just not going to happen and believe it or not if the truck is empty it takes longer to stop . Or instead of passing you just hang there , or if you see a truck turn on it's turn signals you speed up cause we can't let the truck in front of us noooo he/she may slow us down going to get icecream . And also dear citizen remember if you got it it came by truck at some point , and you need to respect the trucks, the drivers , and also each other. And those who think truckers make all kinds of big money just figure out what I said I made a mile from 1997 to 2007 think about the fact I was away from home all but 4 days a month, that I am responsible for the security of my load 24/7 Now figure an owner operator, he not only is paying for a truck (average new cost $120,000 , a used truck runs around $50-75,000 on average) maintenance , tires, permits, IFTA taxes,registration , Insurance (usually $1,000,000 cargo $750,000 liability)road use taxes to both federal and the states he runs in, fuel (average mpg on the new trucks is about 5.5mpg and trucks pre EPA/Clinton mandated clean emissions act trucks "pre 2007" 7 mpg) then there is all the taxes a regular employer would pay because he has to pay himself some kind of salery, and cost of scaling your loads out so your not running over weight . And if he is leased to a company he will do this for on average $1.25 a mile, and if running his own authority and getting the right loads or contracts he will be able to make ends meet at $2.50 a mile . It's not cheap running a truck , nor driving a company truck either .
      hazel
      • 1 Year Ago
      They can't afford a shut down ..and have there trucks towed away..better they watch the road and stop running into cars... or rideing on some one's bumper....
      WESLEY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Truckers are just Congress, They cannot agree on anything. All talk.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uh AOL staff, in your haste to mock this man - you spelled "marshal law" wrong!
      • 1 Year Ago
      IT WILL LIKELY BE AS EFFECTIVE AS THE LAST DOZEN TRUCK STRIKES HAVE BEEN.
      mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they do it!!!!!!!!!!!! and keeping one lane open is good.
      Debbie
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/truckers-ride-constitution-washington-dc-22793.shtml#.UlY4tHHwkbi.twitter
      bkoster2
      • 1 Year Ago
      trucks don't have time to block traffic......they're too busy dodging it.
      flyingfortresb17
      • 1 Year Ago
      Colin: a certifiable nut case. I was hoping that these truckers would have come in and shut down Washington because of the government shutdown and not some apocalyptic nonsense.
      food chef
      • 1 Year Ago
      ANOTHER FOX MISS INFORMATION . THE GOVERNMENT USED TO SUE NEWS COMPANIWES FOR THIS NON SENSE!!!!! WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE CAUSE A MASS EVENT WHERE PEOPLE GET KILLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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