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.