A group that describes itself as a "banded group of brothers and sisters" who want "to show America who runs the country," is threatening to shut down America's trucking system over issues connected to the election of President-Elect Joe Biden.
There's talk on the 'Stop the Tires' Facebook page, which quickly garnered 51,000 members, that a 24-hour strike could begin today -- Veterans Day -- or possibly over the Thanksgiving holiday to shut down the industry on an important shopping and shipping weekend.
They're protesting the potential of a new Green Deal under Biden or the stoppage of fracking.
The creator of the group, Jeremy Rewoldt, said in a Nov. 7 post, “We will not participate in the leftist, Biden/Harris Green New Deal.” He added, “We do not support the banning of fracking ... The United States of America operates as a capitalistic economy and OIL is the fuel she survives on.” On the page, a woman named Cara Carroll is named as co-founder of the movement, and she says the strike is meant to “protect 19 million jobs.”
So far, the call for a one-day strike seems to be all talk, as the trucking industry is humming along.
Larry Fuentes, the manager of a large logistics company in metro Detroit told WWJ his truckers have not joined it, but "I can have some understanding of what they're coming for. Their livelihoods are at stake." He added that a strike would devastate the industry.
Samuel Ford, a truck driver from Brownstown, Mich., added that he hasn't joined it, but the drivers in the strike group have a point. "Truckers are very often overlooked ... But they do have a very significant say-so over how this country is run," he said.
On the topics they say they're protesting, fracking is a process by which oil is extracted by drilling thousands of feet into the ground and injecting water and chemicals to break up layers of rock. Some environmentalists fear the chemicals could leach into the water system, and a recent report blamed fracking for a series of earthquakes.
Trump has signaled support for fracking, while Biden has said he would not ban it outright, but would consider banning it on federal land.
On the Green New Deal, some progressives in the Democratic party had proposed it as a way to demand that Americans use only renewable sources of energy. While he has repeatedly said, “Climate change is the No. 1 issue facing humanity,” Biden has not supported the Green New Deal.
Beyond that, admins on the Facebook page say that drivers face "domestic terrorism" in cities run by Democrats. “Let us make this extremely clear: While we are a huge group of Republicans and conservatives, our focus in this movement is our blue-collar workers of America,” co-founder Carroll wrote, adding, "We are extremely grateful for what Donald Trump has done for the American people.”
Meanwhile, Trump continues to claim there was voter fraud in Michigan and Pennsylvania, swing states that he lost last week when the popular vote and the Electoral College projected Biden as the winner. Biden won Michigan by nearly 150,000 votes and the country by nearly 5 million, per projections that are scheduled to be certified in December. Trump continues to file lawsuits in states where he lost to stop the counting of absentee ballots or make various assertions about voter fraud. Every lawsuit that has been heard thus far has been tossed out by the courts.