ALPENA, Mich. — Alpena’s addition to “The People’s Convoy” departed the city this morning. However, even with map in hand, some members seemed unsure of their direction.
Not even freezing weather and heavy snow deterred trucker Travis Konarzewski and his crew Friday morning. His truck and three others pulled out of the C&S Carriers lot at roughly 8:15 AM, bound for Gaylord, then Saginaw, Flint, and Dayton, Ohio.
Pat Gerow helped organize this branch of the convoy. He said the Canadian protest inspired him to reach out to Konarzewski.
“I saw what happened in Canada and I thought they made a difference. I thought they made a big statement for the freedom of the people and on a government that’s overstepped its bounds.”
However, how the convoy intends to achieve its goal remains unclear. Their website says they want to end the state of emergency originally declared by Donald Trump in 2020. But it makes no mention of what they will actually do once they reach the D.C. Beltway area.
Even participants like Gerow and Konarzewski seem unsure of the plan.
“Their plans are changing and fluid as we go. I know they’re gonna get there and make a statement. I don’t know exactly how they’re gonna do that.”
“The People’s Convoy” has also attracted criticism for its affiliation with far–right figures such as former general Michael Flynn, who has associated himself with followers of the Q–Anon conspiracy theory.