CNN analyst on trucker protests: ‘Slash the tires’

A CNN analyst just called for violence as a means to end the Canadian trucker protests, Fox News reports

That analyst is CNN’s Juliette Kayyem.

“Slash the tires”

Kayyem took to social media to respond to a recent post from the Wall Street Journal. The outlet was reporting about the temporary closure of the Ambassador Bridge.

“Footage shows trucks in gridlock on the Ambassador Bridge, a key trading link between the U.S. and Canada,” the Journal wrote. “It was temporarily closed early Tuesday amid growing protests against Canada’s Covid-19 vaccine mandates.”

Kayyem responded:

The convoy protest, applauded by right-wing media as a ‘freedom protest,’ is an economic and security issue now. The Ambassador Bridge link constitutes 28% of annual trade movement between US and Canada. Slash the tires, empty gas tanks, arrest the drivers, and move the trucks

She’s incorrigible

Many social media users called Kayyem out for her radical suggestion. Others pointed to just how illogical her whole tweet is, highlighting the fact that she called for the tires to be slashed before removing the trucks.

Kayyem, though, didn’t back down. Rather, she doubled down on her initial statement. She wrote:

Trust me, I will not run out of ways to make this hurt: cancel their insurance; suspend their drivers licenses; prohibit any future regulatory certification for truckers, etc. Have we learned nothing? These things fester when there are no consequences.

The Freedom Convoy

The ongoing protests by Canadian truckers are in response to the Canadian government’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers. A fleet of trucks, which is being referred to as “The Freedom Convoy,” left Vancouver on January 23 and it reached Ottawa last weekend. Since then, the protests have spread to other areas.

The situation on the Ambassador Bridge began on Monday. Traffic began building, both on the bridge and on I-75, around 3 p.m., and, by 8 p.m., it resulted in the bridge being shut down, leaving thousands of truckers stuck in Detroit, Michigan.

Several Canadian provinces, in response to the protests, have decided to scale back their coronavirus restrictions. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, however, has yet to speak with the protestors.

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