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Elon Musk champions Canadian truckers as anti-vaccine mandate convoy rolls on

Eccentric billionaire Elon Musk has inexplicably joined the chorus of digital "freedom fighters" applauding the actions of Canadian truck drivers, thousands of whom are currently on their way to Ottawa as part of a convoy protesting federal vaccine mandates.

The American-Canadian-South African founder of Tesla and SpaceX sparked new controversy around 1:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon via Twitter, as he is wont to do, when he wrote three simple words: "Canadian truckers rule."

No context was necessary for Musk's 71.7 million followers (or anyone else on the platform): The wealthiest person in the world just gave props to a controversial "freedom convoy" that some officials worry could attract violence.

Within hours, Musk's tweet had racked up hundreds of thousands of hearts and some 13,000 comments from people both in support of and against the trucker convoy.

It wasn't long before the billionaire himself started replying to some of those comments — which, as strange as it sounds, happens quite often with the ultra-accessible zany genius.

"CB radios are free from govt/media control," wrote Musk in response to his own tweet as it was blowing up around 4 p.m.

"Freedom is being stripped away one piece at a time until it is gone," he wrote in response to another Twitter user who had responded to the initial tweet saying that "Government overreach is getting out of control."

While Musk has said that he believes in the science behind COVID vaccines and that he and his family members are vaccinated, he has also stated publicly that he doesn't believe in vaccine mandates.

"He doesn't think the government should enforce vaccine mandates, however. The unvaccinated are "taking a risk, but people do risky things all the time," he told Time Magazine after being named person of the year for 2021.

"I believe we've got to watch out for the erosion of freedom in America."

His stated values align with organizers of the truck convoy who say that they're not anti-vaccine, but pro-choice. It's important to note, however, that this group still represents but a small fraction of truck drivers in Canada.

Musk continued to tweet overtly political things well into Thursday evening, which isn't atypical for the billionaire.

"If you scare people enough, they will demand removal of freedom. This is the path to tyranny," he wrote around 6:45 p.m., once again attracting tens of thousands of comments and likes within minutes.

"How do we fight back? Serious question," wrote one Twitter user in reply, to which Musk answered "Vote them out."

Supporters of the "freedom convoy" movement are clearly pleased to receive support from Musk, but one would hope that all of the truckers driving to Ottawa are too busy at the wheel to kiss Elon Musk's butt on Twitter.

"Our goal remains the same, to encourage the government of Canada to repeal its cross border Covid tracking passport, phone app, and ALL Covid-19 vaccine mandates," reads a release issued by protest organizers on Thursday.

"Due to the size of our movement and the overwhelming support we are receiving from people around the world, we can no longer promise that the average Canadian will not be disrupted by our convoy."

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Daniel Oberhaus

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