Fact checker Daniel Dale told a CNN audience on Friday that widespread protests by truckers in Canada can be organic and cannot be blamed entirely on American rights.
Canada has seen its capital, Ottawa, hit by trucks and residents protesting the country’s Covid vaccine regulations.
Other trucks are bridge block between the United States and Canada at multiple locations.
While some blamed a Trumpian element in Canada in the so-called “Liberty Convoy” that blocked traffic in Ottawa and elsewhere; Dale was involved CNN Newsroom Friday to deliver another real.
CNN’s fact-checker told host Ana Cabrera that his hometown had its own conservative movement.
Cabrera asked, “Daniel, how much support is there from the United States for these protests?”
“I don’t want to make it sound like these protests are a foreign act,” Dale said. “Canada has its own rights. Canada has other citizens unhappy with Covid restrictions, and with the Prime Minister [Justin Trudeau]. ”
Dale noted that there are many Canadians who didn’t join the protest just wanting to see Trudeau resign. He added:
So the US did not create these protests. But with that said, as a Canadian, it’s remarkable to see how this Canadian story is garnering attention from the US right-wing media. Personally, I spent four years as a US reporter for a Canadian newspaper. I can tell you almost nothing that has happened in Canada ever makes right-wing news like Fox in this country.
Dale also observed that the protests had been “a nightly match on Fox News”, and that some American conservatives had arrested them in an attempt to spark similar protests in the US.
He concludes that while American support is contributing to Canada’s protests, it’s not just them to blame – and they’re not widespread in the country.
“Fox also describes them as a revolution, a popular uprising,” Dale said. “Canadian polls have consistently shown that a majority, sometimes around two-thirds of respondents in Canada, either disapprove of or oppose the protests.”
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