Tea Party truckers derping up the highway in Washington for your freedoms and stuff

The Tea Party truckers are riding down the socialist highways on the Capital Beltway in protest of the evil government, which their party has shut down. ‘Truckers Ride for the Constitution’ are clogging up traffic. The irony: Republicans blame Democrats for the shutdown, while angry tea party truckers are shutting down the highways while people are trying to get to work.

The founder of the event, batshit crazy Zeeda Andrews said as many as 3,000 big rigs to the nation’s capital may show up, but only  30 participants made an appearance as of 10 a.m. but the numbers could possibly grow.

A trucker convoy traveling 10 mph blocks all lanes of traffic on the Capital Beltway. (credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

A trucker convoy traveling 10 mph blocks all lanes of traffic on the Capital Beltway. (credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)













A CBS local affiliate reports, “Andrews insists the convoy is meant to be a peaceful protest rather than a traffic clog. The organizer said Thursday that reports of the trucks planning to take up three lanes of the Beltway were inaccurate, and that they should only occupy one lane of traffic.

But WNEW’s John Domen, who began following the trucks early Friday morning also they drove north along Interstate 95 and onto Interstate 495, said trucks were taking up all four lanes of the Inner Loop of the Beltway in Annandale, Va., and had slowed to 10 mph, blocking traffic from getting by.”

A Virginia State Police officer approached the small convoy of butthurt truckers just before 9:00  a.m. and pulled over one truck to the shoulder. Then the other three trucks also pulled over to the side. Police gave the drivers a warning.


The tea party trucks then resumed their drive along the Beltway at about 40 mph, taking up three right lanes and letting traffic by in the far left lane. The posted speed limit for the entire 64-mile length of the interstate is 55 mph, according to CBS.


An organizer for the Tea Party truckers is interviewed by Greta Van Susteren:

This is going to be so much fun. By fun, I mean to point and laugh at. While he’s trying to distance himself from controversial figures within the group of angry white truckers, the founder is completely nuts.

He adds that bikers may join them. Oh joy.

Follow John Domen on Twitter for news on the tea party highway hoedown. He’s following them.

For the record: I am going to tell on one of our readers. @Mea-Mark suggested that maybe one of our readers could take pictures. Why do you want to do that to our awesome readers Mea-Mark? WHY?;-)

  • mea_mark

    Well at least there is no sign of the 3%ers showing up with guns to attempt a take over of our country. 30 Trucks is nothing but a joke and I bet most of them were already in DC.

    • juicyfruityyy

      There is always the road-rage. Some drivers might not see this as funny on a Friday.

      • mea_mark

        Compared to their goal of shutting down the country and stopping all commerce, this is nothing but an inconvenience. Yeah, if you are directly in it, it is going to be maddeningly frustrating but not an end all to someones way of life.

        • Jeanne173

          Do emergency vehicles travel on the beltway? I’ve never been on that road, so I don’t know. If they do there is a good chance that someone could be in a very risky situation.

          • mea_mark

            I am in central Texas but Emergency vehicles go where there is an emergency so I imagine so. That is why they can’t block the left lane. It is against the law almost everywhere to block emergency vehicles and impede traffic like that.

        • juicyfruityyy

          not an end all to someones way of life.
          Unless, there is an accident.

      • Joseph Blow

        No one cares they’re desecrating the flag by dragging it around in the rain.

    • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

      I love how you totally ignored my question at the end of the post. :-)

      • mea_mark

        What Question? I see no question. I always have hard time getting to the end of stories.

        • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

          Oh I see. We’ll pretend like you never intended to PUNISH our readers. (see how I put that in republican caps?)

  • christianh

    They may get back home to a crashed global economy… Good job, HICKS…

  • juicyfruityyy

    I always thought that truckers were designated to certain lanes; unless, to pass or exit.

  • Overide

    Don’t these states have the laws of minimum speed limit unless under extreme conditions or permit? Because I know over here there is a ticket … and in some cases a tow involved there

  • Parker McArthur

    Isn’t there a law against driving TOO slow on an interstate? Oh – wait. Evil-gubmint laws don’t apply to them. My bad.

    On another note, who’s paying for all the fuel they’re wasting on this pointless show of civil stupidity? I’m betting the Kochs gave them all prepaid Visa cards.

  • Joseph Blow

    Impeeding traffic = ticket. Should’t be a warning since they SAID they’d do it.

    • Henry Chris Larsen

      no that just proves malicious intent and conspiracy should increase the penalty

  • Joe T.

    Actually, this whole fiasco serves as a great illustration for the Tea Party and the current funding debacle. Idiots who believe everything going wrong is because of the government as a whole and not just one small conservative group within it. Their chosen form to demonstrate their point only shows to everyone else sharing the road with them where the real obstruction lays: The idiot Tea Party conservatives who planned this mess from the start.

  • Sarah Moon

    I have been stopped on that same stretch of road for going too slow and I was going the speed limit. They did not ticket me, they just told me I needed to speed up before I got hurt in the traffic.

  • dagobarbz

    You take some teabilly with a pumped up attitude and give him a cause, he’ll happily jump in for attention and glory. But then he realizes his truck could be impounded and there goes his livelihood. The horrors of socialist welfare to keep his life together looms large!

    You bet these guys own their own trucks. Leasing companies would probably frown on their expensive equipment being used as props in a political protest. So…faced with their political outrage at Obama and their need to keep their vehicles to make a living and stay OFF socialist welfare, they folded like a cheap cardboard tent in a rainstorm.

    Hah! Hah! Hah! What a bunch of monkeys.

  • mrsgunka

    Run Forest , run! You don’t want to be associated with these stupid people! Stupid is as stupid does!

  • neworleans878

    Typical Tea Bagger. Shut something down and cause inconvenience for many.

  • kd92mesa

    Sorry not for my freedom, I did ask them to help me with my freedom. I do not approve their message, I do approve the revoking of their operators license though and any jail time they accrue. I support the truckers of this country, just not nutcake truckers.

    • Darque Wing

      I spent some time behind the wheel, and learned a profound respect for the vast majority of drivers, whose dedication and long hours keep life running smoothly for everyone. (I also learned how to parallel-park a 53-foot trailer, which is just plain fun.) If I’m driving long distance, I’d still rather be on a highway full of trucks than surrounded by crazy four-wheelers – their professionalism is one of the real American legends that should be a point of pride for all of us.

      Hopefully, the small turnout of this event will make it obvious to all that these are just outliers, oddballs that do not represent the whole.

      • mea_mark

        I drove a large bobtail truck for awhile, when you drive one of them things you really pay attention to what you are doing, there is no casual driving. When I get on the interstate nowadays I like to get behind the big rigs and take it easy, it is about the safest way to drive.

        • Darque Wing

          I once had to drive bobtail in a cabover, in a snowstorm, from Baltimore to Cincinnati. I’ve done a lot of wacky stuff in cars before and since – I’ve ruined brand-new tires while drift-lapping Porsches, learned how to do pirouettes in a backhoe, found the top of sixth gear in a Ferrari 360, and even hung on to an all-electric bike for a seven-second quarter mile. (I admit, I have kind of a fetish for all things vehicular.)

          But absolutely nothing has terrified me as much as that truck sliding all over the road, threatening to fall over with every gust of wind, and refusing to stop no matter how gently I worked the brakes. Big rigs are designed to have the weight of the trailer sitting on the fifth wheel, right over the drive wheels, and without it, they’re just sloppy messes – and with snow and traffic added into the mix, it was such a long, white-knuckle drive that it took days for my nerves to recover.

          Truckers have to pull off heroics like this every day. I was sort of a tourist in the trucking world, only there for a couple of years. Maybe it’s just the ’70s living on in me, but I still put truckers up there with the Real American Heroes – except unlike cowboys and G-Men, they’re a reality that keeps on truckin’ to this day.

          So it hurts to see these teabagger dolts dragging the image of the American trucker through the mud like this. It’s like seeing a hero you once looked up to, drunk in the gutter and pissing on themselves.

          • mea_mark

            My favorite thing to drive anymore is the john deer 260 skid steer. I can do some damage with that.

          • Darque Wing

            You’re right, that 260 could provide lots of idle entertainment! Probably useful things, too, but I admit, I’m a transportation junkie mostly for the cheap thrills. Everything from forklifts to Ferraris, I’ll take a spin in anything once, and twice if the owner doesn’t take the keys back quick enough!

          • mea_mark

            If I can figure out how to take a picture and post it, I will take a pic of a fire I got built and ready to burn. It is truly Texas size.

  • Cosmic_Surfer

    As they bitch about Occupy protest in support of the people – then pull this crap to disrupt the people. Tell me, someone, how is this supposed to be anything close to caring about the people’s rights?

    • zane1

      Hopelessly stupid.

    • Deborah

      its a shame we can’t demand they be prosecuted for interfering with interstate commerce. Who would do that?

      • mea_mark

        They haven’t succeeded at interfering in interstate commerce, yet. When they do, it is federal crime.

        • Deborah


    • Scooter Livingston

      BTW…they regard Truckers unions as Communistic…they HATE all unions.

  • Cosmic_Surfer

    Impeding traffic in California can nail each person with a decent fine…I guess the police, in DC, at least, don’t care about disrupting the people…oh, wait – they proved that by pepper spraying and detaining thousands of us all over the country for marching on corporations

    I guess we now know it depends on who supports the protest – the people or the corporations

  • Cosmic_Surfer

    Were you driving a rig? I submit that the actions of these drivers in huge rigs are creating more of a threat to the other drivers than you were.

  • Cosmic_Surfer

    They have been ‘desecrating” the country and the Constitution without a care for 313 million of us for some time. The flag is minor in comparison

  • Cosmic_Surfer

    And for other news from the inane, mundane and insane

    They may not be able to create a grammatically correct sentence, but they can spin that bullshit.

    • Darque Wing

      It’s kind of funny how they go so far out of their way to poke fun at Obama’s “shovel-ready projects,” considering that they’re talking about people who make their living on the highways and stand to lose everything should a neglected bridge collapse under them.

  • juicyfruityyy

    I honestly don’t believe that anyone is looking at the flags.

  • Robert Downer

    So these guys being truckers and member of the Teabaggers….I wonder what union they belong to….just kind of ironic if you ask me…..

  • DJD11

    I notice none of the trucks pictured have a load. So these guys are basically wasting everyones money, including their own.

    • Darque Wing

      Nothing says “productive protest” like a deadhead truck clogging up traffic. It really drives the point home: they’re an angry load of nothing.

  • cholula1111

    Would somebody PLEASE tell these Teabagger nimrods that having truckers clog up the Beltway for hours on end is just “business as usual” in DC?

    DC drivers never even noticed the difference today. The rain slowed down traffic more than these yahoos.

  • astrobobby54

    That stupid, idiot-goat-mutant, TP trucker they interviewed just sidestepped the real question … WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU PROTESTING? Somehow he seems to think somebody has interfered with his 1st Amendment rights but he doesn’t give examples. All this clown is, is a cry-baby throwing a tantrum.

    You know, obstructing traffic isn’t going to help their cause. It’s just going to really piss off a LOT of people trying to drive those highways and they’ll blame the TP and the GOP. I guess that’s one good thing that will result from this, more alienation of the TP and the GOP from the American people. What a bunch of stupid, brain-dead shitheads.

  • fineartmarcella

    dumb idea, the same mind-set as the GOP cheering when they voted to ‘shut-down’ the government thinking stopping everyone from getting to work or doing business would some how ‘help’ their self-centered, non-christian attack on insuring the poor

  • Bob Muenchausen

    Another great use of natural resources. Some protests accomplish something to move along an agenda or idea. This one, I’m not so sure it did much more than piss off a lot bystanders. Not sure the leaders ever thought too much about that consequence. Maybe their next protest could be better thought out and accomplish more???