The ‘God’s army’ protest convoy heading to the southern border on a ‘biblical’ mission to save the country got off to a poor start amid fears that it is a trap by the federal government to arrest right-wingers.
The ‘Take the border Back’ convoy departed Virginia Monday morning. But, after a few hours on the road the convoy only amassed a few dozen participants who are mostly white men in their 60s, according to Vice News.
It is a far cry from the more than 700,000 that the convoy’s organizers had promised would show up.
The lower than expected turnout could be due to conspiracy theories about the convoy, with several would-be participants expressing concerns about it being a government “psyop” or “honeypot” scheme to ensnare right-wingers into committing violent acts, Vice reports.
“I have 3 former associates doing lengthy prison sentences because of the J6 setup,” one person wrote in the Telegram channel, per the report. “I know first hand, even if they don’t have charges they can pin on you, they will make some up.”
Another person claimed to have heard rumors about plain-clothed FBI agents stationed in Eagle Pass, Texas “to create unrest.”
“All i’m gonna say to the people who are going to the border: don’t get caught in another January 6th event and do dumb shit to get entrapped by your corrupt government,” another Telegram channel wrote.
One of the organizers, former military commander Pete Chambers, addressed these supposed federal agents in the convoy telling them, “If you start going after these people, trying to trap them, you’re going to be found out.”
“There’s too much momentum on the other side bro, so just let it go,” he continued. “Stop working for that entity. They’re just going to tear you down, they’re going to use you like a kleenex, just like they did to me.”
The convoy will stop in Jacksonville, Fla., before make several stops along the southern border. After those stops, they will split up on Feb. 3 for rallies in Eagle Pass, Texas, Yuma, Ariz., and San Ysidro, Calif.
Organizers of the convoy say they’re on a mission to stand up against the “globalists” who are conspiring to destroy the country by keeping the U.S-Mexico border open.