A group of truckers descended on Washington, DC today to protest the government’s “corruption against the Constitution.” Their movement is called “Truckers Ride For The Constitution.”
The media, both on the left and the right, was rabidly reporting on the event prior to its happening, building up considerable hype.
It is strange, then, that when you Google “Truckers Ride For The Constitution” today, virtually no articles reporting on the event pop up. Without doing some real digging, the only write-ups that surface are purely anticipatory (written prior to the event’s actual occurrence).
Earlier this afternoon, I spoke with Pete Santilli, one of the event’s main organizers.
Santilli described a carefully planned strategy, claiming that it was “always the plan” to have fewer trucks turn out on the morning of the 11th. “We did not want to send all of our best guns out right away. We wanted to test the waters out, and see how media and law enforcement treated us,” he said.
Santilli said that the media coverage of the event was underwhelming thanks to Fox News. He said that prior to “Truckers Ride For The Constitution” actually happening, Fox News “overwhelmed” the truckers with phone calls, “begging” for exclusive all-day coverage during the event.
According to Santilli, the truckers promised FoxNews special coverage all day. However, the morning of the event, Fox pulled out of all coverage at the last minute. Santilli believes that this was done on purpose to “take away the hype,” and that the motivation might have been due to pressure from major corporations.
He said, “We wanted to shut down commerce, and major corporations are trying to use the media to take the sting out of it. By not providing that media coverage, corporations keep the system running.”
On the bright side, however, Santili said law enforcement has been very accommodating and friendly towards the group. “The police have been great, they just told us they want a peaceful and don’t want anything silly. They love it and they want to communicate with us,” Santilli said. “The media failed our test, but law enforcement passed.”
Another issue for the truckers, in terms of creating hype, is the fact that their website was down for over 12 hours before Friday morning. The site was offline starting at 9pm on Thursday due to overwhelming traffic plus several cyber attacks.
Now the site is up and running again.
Looking forward, Santilli said we can expect to see the truckers’ protest grow. He said Sunday will likely be the biggest day in terms of turn-out.
On Sunday, the truckers will join with the “Million Vets March” in DC to peacefully protest. Santilli said large convoys will head down to DC from a variety of places, such as Alaska and South Carolina, and that 1,000-2,000 truckers are expected to show up.
We’ll keep you updated on the “Truckers Ride For The Constitution” protest here at BenSwann.com, so keep checking back.