Obama Homeland Security official: ‘Slash the tires, empty gas tanks, arrest the drivers, and move the trucks’

By Laurel Duggan

Juliette Kayyem, a lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and an official in former President Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security, called for truck drivers protesting Canada’s COVID-19 policies to be arrested on Thursday.

“Slash the tires, empty gas tanks, arrest the drivers, and move the trucks,” Kayyem said Thursday morning.

“Trust me, I will not run out of ways to make this hurt: cancel their insurance; suspend their drivers licenses; prohibit any future regulatory certification for truckers, etc.” she said. “Have we learned nothing? These things fester when there are no consequences.”

“Earlier today, I tweeted something that has been used by others to suggest I was promoting vigilantism,” Kayyem said late Thursday. “I was not. People have the freedom to protest. Governments have the responsibility to protect public safety. That was what I intended to say.”

When Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton called for an “overwhelming display of force” to dispel violent riots during the summer of 2020, Kayyem accused him of gunning for a job as Defense Secretary and said his statement was “ambition masked as a tweet.”

She also called former President Donald Trump’s attempt to deploy the military to dispel protests in June 2020 “ahistorical” and “dangerous,” and she said “when Trump defenders invoke military use in LA Riots, it exposes how little they know about #homelandsecurity.”

The trucker convoy protests in Canada began in late January and have steadily grown, blocking major transportation routes, including the Ambassador Bridge connecting Canada to Detroit.

Kayyem did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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17 thoughts on “Obama Homeland Security official: ‘Slash the tires, empty gas tanks, arrest the drivers, and move the trucks’

  1. Her quote sounds like something Stalin would have said. Different times, different Joe. History repeats itself.

  2. 6 months of looting, destruction, violence, arson, mayhem, spray painting beautiful public buildings in the name of BLM… and a few truckers voicing their opinions after tirelessly doing their jobs through 2 years of a chinese plague and this is the the thanks they get. Elections have serious consequences. We have this situation because some weenies cant handle mean tweets.

  3. Who the HELL does this Juliette Kayyem think she is???
    Let’s see this brainless wonder go to Canada and say this to the Canadian truckers to their faces. !!! Bet she would get laughed at.
    I know enough truckers that you DO NOT mess with their trucks.
    This broad is the type who thinks that all the violence and rioting that the BLM and Antifa did was peaceful and where innocent people.
    How can Harvard Kennedy School have this broad as a lecturer???

  4. Gee, what a nice lady.

    I wonder if she has a husband and children, a happy home life

    Does she know these truck drivers are losing big money each day they are protesting for OUR BENEFIT AND FOR OUR FREEDOM

    That freedom was taken away FOR OUR OWN GOOD, THEY SAY, by self-serving, self-righteous, Dem/Prog folks, who want to RULE AND RUIN OUR LIVES by means of centralized command/control

    They want to make us wear useless blue rags, per CDC, for decades, to fight COVID, while making sacrifices to enable subsidized RE businesses to fight global warming

    The professor gets her check from Harvard like clockwork, no matter what nonsense she spouts

  5. I have been stressing for years that the word “Progressive” and the word “Fascist” are exact synonyms. Pointing that out has, with pronouncements like this, become wholly superfluous. They might as well be marching as Camicie Nere and singing “Giovinezza!”

  6. I think every OTR trucker, should just quit working, Period and you won’t be jobless
    for long, let the real fun begin, these liberal fools won’t last a week……….. Shut it down.

    Just leave the truck where they sit and watch the liberal rats run and cry and their elected
    ” goons ” won’t have a clue, speaking of clueless, how’s ” senile Joe” doing, along with the
    ” pant wetting ” JustinTrudeau……………Boohoo !!

    Shut them off, take your keys and go home, then ask for a raise when you’re called back to
    save the world !!!

  7. The cowards of the left had nothing to say about real rioting by blm and pantyfa
    which was really hurting public safety… Just like her boss obola said bring
    a gun to a knife fight she instigates for the leftist thugs to take action against a
    peaceful demonstration… how ’bout you go to Canada and try slashing tires beyocth.. your safety would surely be in jeopardy. She should be fired from polluting
    young’ins mind with her communist rants..

  8. And Montpelier is suggesting 3 year prison term for “threatening” aka saying something to a commercial vendor for not wearing a mask?

    This rolls out the same week?

    Not a coincidence.

    Rats panic when cornered.

    Every trucker can refuse to work. Every person in the United state can blow their horn in their yard. Wee can support our cpbrothers and sisters in love, sharing our food and wealth, leaving those evil ones to themselves.

  9. Former Obama Democrat official Ms. Kayyem now tells us she didn’t mean: “Slash the tires, empty gas tanks, arrest the drivers, and move the trucks……Trust me, I will not run out of ways to make this hurt………” all in reference to the Canadian trucker situation.

    She now tells us what she really meant was: “Governments have the responsibility to protect public safety.”

    Maybe Kayyem should go to the White House with her bullhorn and remind Joe Biden that “Governments have the responsibility to protect public safety.”…….Starting with fixing the escalating crisis on our southern border.

    This is what they’re teaching at the Harvard these days…….When Kayyem, finishes her gig at Harvard, she could have a bright future on the Burlington City Council or the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee where her thinking would be most welcomed.

  10. And these aren’t threats backed by the power to carry them out? As opposed to truckers whose ONLY threat is not to move until the mandates are lifted?
    Just WHO IS THE THREAT to the American people and Vermonters?

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