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Truckers Pour Cold Water on Pro-Trump New York Boycott: ‘Not Happening’

Truckers Pour Cold Water on Pro-Trump New York Boycott: ‘Not Happening’

Truckers are dispelling Donald Trump supporters amid their efforts to boycott New York following the former president’s civil fraud penalty stating it’s “not happening.”

Judge Arthur Engoron on Friday ruled that Trump must pay $355 million in penalties in the civil fraud case brought against him by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The suit accused Trump and others of fraudulently inflating his net worth and the value of his assets to secure more favorable business loans, which Engoron found him liable for last year. Trump has also been barred from serving as an officer or director for any business in New York state for the next three years. Trump has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings.

Since the ruling, a number of pro-Trump social media users began urging truckers to boycott New York City by refusing to accept routes into it and potentially disrupting its economy.

However, the call for a boycott has made its way across social media over the weekend, sparking other truckers across the U.S. to weigh in on the issue dispelling the reason why truckers may not want to go to New York.

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Former US President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump in Waterford Township, Michigan, on February 17, 2024. Truckers are dispelling Trump supporters amid their efforts to boycott New York following the former president’s civil fraud…


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In a video on TikTok, social media user and trucker bluecollar_trucker shared how the trucker strike against New York is “not happening” over Trump’s case, adding that no one has talked to him about it.

However, he continues to state that there may be other issues at play regarding traffic, crime, and parking that may add to the growing popularity of truckers not wanting to go to New York City.

“This trucker strike, nobody’s talked to me about it and I know a lot of other guys on other platforms like, ‘Yeah, no, we’ve never talked about it either.’ So one it’s not happening, there’s no strike against New York City—not over the Trump case, but more and more people are refusing to go because of other issues.”

In addition, TikTok user and trucker samuraiblaq2.0 reiterated that the strike against New York City over Trump is not happening, but that there are issues with truckers.

“The main reason why most truckers are not going to New York City is because of the f****** laws that are put in place, especially now the fact that we got to pay tolls within the city.”

Newsweek has reached out to the New York Department of Transportation and Trump’s spokesperson via email for comment.

The truckers’ comments come after one early voice of the boycott on X, formerly Twitter, “Chicago Ray,” who echoed Trump’s claims that the case had been politically motivated election interference, deleted his original post advocating for the plan.

“I’ve been on the radio talking to drivers for about the past hour and I’ve talked to about 10 drivers,” the trucker said in a video shared to X over the weekend in which he claimed the boycott would begin on Monday. “I don’t know how far across the country this is or how many truckers are going to start denying loads going to New York City, but I’ll tell you what—you f*** around and find out.”

He then shared a new one on Monday in which he distanced himself from the boycott calls and stressed that he was not encouraging anyone to do anything. The post was also later deleted, but a screengrab of it was shared in a report by the progressive MeidasTouch.

“Just to be clear…. I’m no figurehead of any movement….” Chicago Ray wrote. “I’m not leading, nor have I encouraged, or am I encouraging anyone to do anything other than what they were doing prior to the ruling on Friday in New York City.”