Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has popped his head out for a bit to talk about the vaccine mandates that inspired a horde of truckers to drive to Ottawa to protest. Trudeau actually seems to show some empathy for the protesters for a second, explaining that he knows how frustrating it’s been to live under COVID-19 for two years. But then he adds that the beatings will stop when morale improves.

Just two weeks to slow the spread, honest!

Most of Canada’s already vaccinated anyway — he ought to be happy. But he’s dug in and has no way out.

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