Lastly, after a prayer from a pastor linked to the Church Militant, a far-right religious website, the convoy rolled out an hour later than scheduled and headed down I-95. It was spearheaded by a bus lined in MAGA slogans.
Nearly instantly, one of many automobiles within the convoy bought misplaced, based on messages posted within the Zello walkie talkie app that the group is utilizing to speak whereas on the street. Later, when the convoy linked as much as talk about night plans, the assembly rapidly descended into an argument about the place they had been going to be staying. Even making an attempt to satisfy up at a fuel station was troublesome: As a result of dimension of a Buc-ees in South Carolina, convoy members couldn’t find one another.
A number of hours into the journey, the lead bus pulled over onto the freeway shoulder and kicked out one of many individuals onboard, who had traveled on his personal from Washington, DC. It was unclear precisely why he was ejected, however the man, who’s a part of a gaggle that protests daily in assist of individuals jailed for rioting on the Capitol on January 6, was left stranded in Florence, South Carolina with out his pockets, based on particulars mentioned on a livestream of somebody involved with the person.
All through the day, the half-dozen individuals livestreaming the convoy spent a lot of their time responding to questions from among the 1000’s of individuals watching.
A lot of the questions had been concerning the conspiracy that the convoy is a “setup” by the federal authorities to “entrap patriots.” That sense of paranoia has been current within the group from the very starting, based on leaks of the group’s chats on Discord: “It will find yourself loaded with trolls and feds very quickly,” one member wrote every week in the past.
Paranoia was additionally prevalent on the Telegram channels used to coordinate the convoy in several elements of the nation. “I hope it’s not one other J6 lure. Individuals want to wish for discernment about this. However after 3 years of this individuals are sick of it,” one member wrote, referring to the broadly debunked conspiracy that the Capitol riot was a left-wing plan to lure Trump supporters.
On Monday, after the automobiles had began on the street, organizers issued a press launch, claiming “teams are forming to infiltrate the convoy.” The assertion additionally claims that “nowhere on the web site does it say something concerning the convoy going to the border,” which is inaccurate, because the route for the principle convoy clearly states the ultimate vacation spot is Eagle Move.
Moreover, one of many organizers of the convoy, Pete Chambers, told Alex Jones last week that his plan included touring to the border to hunt migrants and work with native legislation enforcement to seize them. Amongst these touring with the convoy, a number of individuals on Monday talked about going to Eagle Move. “We’re all going to the border,” one member declared on the livestream on Monday night time.