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HAGERSTOWN, Maryland (LifeSiteNews) — On Thursday, Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas went the extra mile to support the pro-freedom, anti-mandate U.S. trucker convoy that recently completed a cross-country trek to protest coercive COVID-19 measures.

Cruz joined the convoy on Thursday morning at Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland, where he addressed participants and even climbed aboard one of the trucks for a ride.

Video shared on social media showed Cruz riding in the passenger seat of the convoy’s lead truck as the Canadian Freedom Convoy-inspired cavalcade continuously looped the Washington Beltway, a 64-mile-long stretch of highway encircling Washington, D.C., for the fourth consecutive day.

After setting off from California on February 23, the U.S. “People’s Convoy” crossed the continental United States, reaching the nation’s capital on March 5.

Upon reaching the outskirts of Washington, D.C., the convoy circumvented the city and began continuously traveling the Washington Beltway, honking their horns, waving American flags, and slowing down traffic.

Participants say they’re “not going anywhere,” and will continue driving the 64-mile loop daily until “politicians hear our stories.”

According to the convoy’s website, the group hopes to push the U.S. government to drop all remaining COVID measures and revoke the federal state of emergency declared in response to the pandemic.

Last month, U.S. President Joe Biden extended the national state of emergency regardless of the fact that many Democrat leaders throughout the country have rapidly moved to scrap mask and jab mandates and other pandemic-related controls in recent weeks and months.

Speaking to the press with Sen. Cruz on March 10, convoy founder Brian Brase explained that “first and foremost, the ‘People’s Convoy’ is not representative of the right or the left. It’s representative of the people of the United States.”

According to Brase, “Now is the time for the American people around the country, for the people around the world, to stand up for your personal freedoms. For what some would call your God-given rights.”

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