Conservative groups advising White House push fast reopening, not testing
May 1, 2020 - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative groups advising the White House have issued an array of coronavirus economic reopening plans with a common theme - Americans should go back to work immediately to halt the economic and societal damage from prolonged lockdowns.
President Trump has all but decided to begin declaring the country ready to get back to business on May 1, two current and two former senior administration officials said, but a scramble is underway inside the White House to determine how to stagger a reopening of the economy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic while also protecting Trump from any political fallout.
Colo Rally Against Stay-at-Home Order Was ‘Effective,’ Says Trump Adviser
April 22, 2020 - Time
Calling COVID-19 an “urban disease” and an “old person’s disease,” Trump adviser Stephen Moore praised Colorado’s weekend protest against stay-at-home orders as “effective” in advancing Moore’s goal of reopening the economy quickly.
Meet the Trump-loving group behind protest of Gov. Whitmer’s stay-home order
April 22, 2020 - Michigan Bridge
LANSING — Meshawn Maddock says her phone has been ringing “nonstop” since the Michigan Conservative Coalition organized a massive state Capitol demonstration to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s aggressive stay-at-home order to fight the deadly coronavirus.
Groups Aligned with Right-Wing Megadonors Are Promoting Coronavirus Protests
April 22, 2020 - Common Dreams
Since the “spontaneous” anti-lockdown protests began last week, it has become more and more obvious that the movement is being coordinated and financed, at least in part, by big-money right-wing interests, including some of the same forces that sparked the Tea Party in 2009.
How Some Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Being Promoted by National Players With Ties to Trump
April 22, 2020 - Time
Across the country this week and last, protests have sprouted up against the social distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. They’ve featured blocked traffic, confederate flags, picnics with people wearing few face masks, and protesters pushed up against each other, receiving outsized attention relative to the number of people participating.
White House-allied conservatives band together to support economic reopening
April 27, 2020 - CNN
Members of the Save Our Country Task Force include economic commentator Stephen Moore, economist Art Laffer and former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, all of whom were named earlier this month to President Donald Trump's coronavirus economic council.
Coronavirus protests show need for plan to reopen society
April 21, 2020 - Washington Times
News coverage has centered on the coronavirus protests that have broken out in states enacting harsh lockdowns such as Michigan, North Carolina, and others over the past week. Commentators have compared these with the “Tea Party” rallies of more than a decade ago.