Ricky Shroder called on American truckers to join their Canadian counterparts in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates and “shut down” the nation’s capital.
The former “Silver Spoons” child star released a video on Instagram last week, which began with a Bible verse and shifted praise for the truck drivers behind the “Freedom Convoy” protests that have blockaded border crossings between Canada and the United States.
“I think we see what we’re facing here,” Schroder said in the lengthy clip. “It’s an evil that is trying to be forced upon our children, upon us. And God bless the Canadian truckers and the Canadian cowboys up there on the border.”
The “NYPD Blue” actor, 51, noted that there’s “great potential” for American truckers to kick off similar protests in Washington D.C. and several state capitals.
“Our truckers are gonna maybe start mobilizing and doing what we need to do, which is shut down DC, shut down Sacramento, shut down Albany, shut down these states and these [capitals] until we root out this evil that was almost perpetrated on us,” the conservative celeb continued. “We were so asleep.”
HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher believes the protests “happening all over the world now” are about elitism and inflation, as much as they are the vaccine mandates.
“There is this idea, and it’s not wrong, that some people are staying home in their Lululemons and other people can afford to, like, wait out and get a free vacation and money from the government, and other people can’t,” he remarked. “And they’re p—ed off- the people who can’t.”
Maher noted a New York Times report that detailed how 72% of the $800 billion spent in COVID relief funds went to households with income levels in the top 20% of the nation.
“I think this is what the truckers are mad at … all that money went up to the people who are in the top 20%?” he asked.
The host sounded off against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his attacks on the unvaccinated.
“He was talking about people who are not vaccinated. He said, ‘They don’t believe in science. They’re often misogynistic, often racist,'” Maher said about Trudeau.”No, they’re not.”
“He said, ‘But they take up space. And with that we have to make a choice in terms of a leader as a country. Do we tolerate these people?’ Tolerate these people’? Now you do sound like Hitler,” The HBO star snarked.