The People’s Convoy officially disbanded on Friday afternoon. “As of 2:30pm EST today May 20, 2022, The People’s Convoy declares victory and announces its conclusion of the national convoy portion of this great movement,” it wrote in an official release.
“Victory” is a curious term for a group that has zero accomplishments since it formed in late February and crossed the country several times, but whatever, here’s what happened next:
The convoy got kicked out of Hagerstown Speedway
Speedway general manager Lisa Plessinger told the Hagerstown Herald-Mail she had had enough of infighting among members of the former convoy: “I’m not a babysitter. I didn’t sign up for that,” she told the paper, “so when they got to acting like a bunch of kids it was time for them to go home.” The racetrack’s parking lot was clear by 10 PM, the paper reports.
Some people repaired to a nearby parking lot and formed a new movement
Convoy leader David “Santa” Riddell declared himself the leader of a new group that comprises some former convoy members: The “1776 Restoration Movement” is not a democracy: “Our founding fathers didn’t believe in democracy,” Riddell said Sunday. Since then the group has been spotted in nearby Williamsport. A spokesperson for the Maryland State Police says they have left the state. I’ve seen several reports that the renamed group has moved on to Bunker Hill, West Virginia.
A few of them apparently went to DC this weekend and made nuisances of themselves
Two members of the failed People’s Convoy traveled into Washington, D.C. this afternoon and caused a scare over traveling with an airsoft gun and knife. The two fled the city after being cited with a parking ticket in front of the Museum of Natural History. pic.twitter.com/MAbgHs5qoE
— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) May 21, 2022
Alex Glasgow and Simon Reinhard are currently harassing tourists at the Lincoln Memorial by espousing conspiratorial remarks regarding the WHO and passing out disinformation pamphlets.
— Quarks McQuade (@NoMoreQuarks) May 22, 2022
Santa said he’s a Proud Boy
“I am a Proud Boy. I make no bones about that,” said Riddell during a speech in a picnic shelter Sunday. Indeed, Riddell has been photographed wearing Proud Boys gear before, but he said he stopped wearing the far right group’s colors to avoid distracting from the 1776 group’s mission of “restoring a constitutional republic.”
Riddell likened the convoy to Martin Luther King, Jr., and to the Cincinnati Reds, whose fortunes fluctuate with on-field success: “Right now, we suck,” he said. “We haven’t done anything.” The previous leadership “cowarded out,” Santa said. He asked the audience, “Did we do it right the first time?” No, they replied. “This ain’t about Santa,” Riddell said. “This is about restoring our freedom.” It seems they may stick around a while longer.