Update: Soon after the U.S. News article was published, Truckers Ride for the Constitution posted several Facebook comments disavowing Mr. Conlon and his statements. The Washington Post later published a story claiming that his statements were part of a “hoax.”
“The comments to U.S. News were designed to do one thing and one thing only: stir the feather of the mainstream media,” said Mr. Conlon, a father of three. “Nothing gets the attention of the mainstream media like some sort of disastrous threat. I knew it was going to ruffle some feathers.”
He said he doesn’t even know if he is going to attend.
As thousands of federal employees wait for their furloughs to be lifted, thousands of truckers plan to descend on Washington on Friday morning in an effort to shut it down further by not hauling freight for a whole weekend and causing a massive traffic jam.
Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker and participant in Truckers Ride for the Constitution, told U.S. News that truckers will circle I-495 — the Capital Beltway — “three lanes deep” to express disapproval of Washington’s leadership.
A list addressing “corruption against our Constitution” will be delivered to lawmakers before the ride, event organizer Zeeda Andrews told the magazine.
Mr. Conlon said that though the truckers are not fighting to impeach President Obama, they are asking for “the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office”
“We want these people arrested, and we’re coming in with the grand jury to do it,” he added. “We are going to ask the law enforcement to uphold their constitutional oath and make these arrests.”
The Truckers Ride for the Constitution’s Twitter page was suspended within hours of being featured in U.S. News and the Drudge Report. The group’s previous Facebook account, which had gained more than 50,000 likes, was permanently deleted by Facebook. Truckers Ride for the Constitution currently has nearly 62,000 likes.