Through the Black Lives Matter protests over recent years, Fox News hosts and guests have joined other right-wing media and politicians in the use of anti-protest rhetoric. Now, it’s being turned back on an event they do support.
Each time activists protested the death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of police, the far right asked how protestors could find the time to be out on the street carrying signs. They’d hint that participants must not have jobs, and would question their motives, and complain about blocked traffic.
However, one of the stated intentions of the trucker convoy protest was to take up both lanes of the beltway around D.C., in a show of might. According to Daily Beast reporter Zachary Petrizzo, they failed at that goal Monday, but are trying again for Tuesday’s protest (before meeting with Republican lawmakers).
So, naturally, the Daily Show put together a mashup: Fox News coverage of protests for racial justice, with imagery from the convoy protest.
Fox News talking about BLM protests but make the footage the DC trucker convoy pic.twitter.com/6PtdGPmzJX
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 7, 2022
Of course, this time, the protestors are far-right. They’re for Donald Trump, against immigration, against any safety precautions implemented against COVID-19, and apparently very much for the Confederacy, as you can see below. This time, we’re not seeing right-wing media attack the protestors.
These Confederate flags flying at the “freedom convoy” tell you everything you need to know. pic.twitter.com/UPTqc7n4cy
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) March 8, 2022
In fact, the whole thing looks more like a mobile Trump rally than an anti-mandate protest — note the “build the wall” truck, and the Trump campaign flags, although he’s not currently in the official running for any political office.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com