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Locals present for the U.S. trucker convoy fighting the COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri unleashed a flurry of mockery while reporting the right-wing activism. The Riverfront Times called it a "temper tantrum of grievance" waving confederate flags on Missouri highways.

The so-called "Freedom Convoy" was supposed to head to Washington, D.C. for a protest ahead of the State of the Union. Instead, many of them dropped out of the convoy and went home. Ultimately, there ended up being under a dozen people, with more police and reporters than protesters. The goal to shut down the Beltway the way they had the bridge between Ottawa and the United States fizzled.

They still plan to get to Washington, even if it means they're a week late and there are only a handful of them.

"But even in the face of easing restrictions and an utter lack of tyranny to bravely defy, the vehicular armada has pressed forth with its protest, hauling truckloads of grievance and conspiratorial thinking toward our nation’s capital," said the report. "The group’s demands are simple enough, and written on its website in bold font and all caps: 'WE DEMAND THE DECLARATION OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY CONCERNING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC BE LIFTED IMMEDIATELY AND OUR CHERISHED CONSTITUTION REIGN SUPREME.'"

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The small numbers aren't reflected in cash, however. The report noted that the convoy has raised $1.5 million and attracted people standing at "overpasses across the country to enjoy the apparently fun experience of being honked at a lot."

Some well-wishers arrived as early as 7 a.m. to wait for hours in the cold for the convoy to drive by. "There, roughly a dozen people posed for a cameraman, holding aloft American flags and Gadsden flags and one rather ominous, literal red flag that read 'TRUMP 2024 THE REVENGE TOUR,'" the report described.

One woman came from Corpus Christi, Texas up to Missouri, implying that starting in California was simply too far.

"At first I was going to meet up with them in California," she told reporters, "but then I looked at a map and decided I’d rather come here and see my mom."

She found it amusing that there was a town in Missouri called Cuba and recalled a trip she took to the embargoed island many years prior. "She’d gotten a tattoo reading 'Your Name' tattooed across her ass."

"It was a neat trip," she recalled.

She went on to explain why she was against the COVID vaccine: “Why would you want to put a man-made chemical in your body?” she inquired, her dyed locks blowing in the wind.

Read the full interview and others who joined her at the Riverfront Times.