The Freedom Convoy Spokesperson Everyone Is Ignoring

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on November 2, 2022

There has been a lot of hoopla around this week’s testimonies at the Public Order Emergency Commission (POEC) from Freedom Convoy supporters as well as convoy organizers. Both the legacy media and independent media are placing the spotlight mainly on convoy witnesses such as Tamara Lich, Tom Marazzo, Patrick King, Chris Barber, and Kieth Wilson, yet have ignored arguably one of the most recognizable figures during the actual Ottawa protest, Benjamin Dichter.

Left to right: Kieth Wilson, Chris Barber, Tamara Lich. (Photo from CBC Radio-Canada)

Dichter has been seen less after the Freedom Convoy protest ended in Ottawa, despite having done the vast majority of media interviews regarding the convoy (including on Tucker Carlson Tonight) and hosted all of the official Freedom Convoy 2022 press conferences, which he barred legacy media from attending. 

It is curious why so few people in the media want to talk to or talk about Dichter seeing as he was able to avoid being arrested by police and having a gag order placed on him, due to breaking his ankle in two places during the first week of the protest and being mostly restricted to the Sheraton Hotel.

On top of being legally allowed to still publicly speak about the organization of the Freedom Convoy, Dichter was also the main spokesperson for the convoy and had heavy sway over all official messaging and strategy. 

Benjamin Dichter sitting between Chris Barber and Tamara Lich at the first official convoy press conference.

It was Dichter’s responsibility to take in any information about what was happening inside the convoy organization and on the ground at the protest in order to craft a media strategy. This makes him likely the most knowledgeable of all the convoy witnesses, and the one who would know which convoy organizers and government witnesses are exaggerating or lying about what happened during the protest.

Dichter has noted in the past that one chronic problem in the convoy organization is many people disappearing for hours to days or breaking from the organization to host their own rouge press conferences and negotiation initiatives. This has led to several convoy witnesses presenting themselves as organizers, despite being separate from the actual Freedom Convoy 2022 organization.

Dichter is even releasing a book that gives a day-to-day perspective on what was happening behind the scenes of the convoy, Honking For Freedom, a book he wrote along with crime writer John Goddard, and received an endorsement from Dr. Jordan Perterson. 

But, no matter how much insight Dichter could offer to the POEC, various media sources seem to feel incentivized to continue ignoring him and create their own patchwork narratives about the Freedom Convoy. 

Benjamin Dichter is slated to speak at the POEC on Thursday, November 3, and despite limited time is assuring those who follow him on Twitter and other platforms that he will attempt to give the most straight and fact-based perspective on what actually happened during the Freedom Convoy, and why Justin Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act was completely unnecessary.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

One response to “The Freedom Convoy Spokesperson Everyone Is Ignoring”

  1. PT says:

    Wyatt – This is the second article where you have used the word "rouge’. I don’t think it means what you think it means.