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Pro-Trump donors in huge cash drive to boost doctors pushing states to reopen

June 1, 2020 - The Guardian

WASHINGTON (The Guardian) - A powerful conservative coalition whose key members have strong Trump administration ties, is seeking to raise $5m to back hundreds of doctors pressing states to open rapidly and to build support for new tax cuts and curbing pandemic spending, say its leaders.

Conservatives, save the economy by fighting liberal lies online

May 21, 2020 - The Washington Examiner

OPINION - As the COVID-19 pandemic rages and the economic fallout of the widespread lockdowns continues to harm the livelihoods of millions of people, the November elections are rapidly approaching. In just six months, Republicans will attempt to retake the House of Representatives, retain their majority in the Senate, and ensure that President Trump serves an additional four years in the White House.

New Coalition Promotes Right-Wing Policies to ‘Save Our Country’

April 28, 2020 - Right Wing Watch

A new coalition of right-wing organizations and leaders is working to steer the nation’s path forward from the pandemic shutdowns to the right. The Save Our Country coalition announced its formation Monday with press releases distributed by some of its convening organizations; the Tea Party Patriots describes Save Our Country as one project of the “Great American Reopening” coalition.

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.

A California trauma doctor claims more people have tried to kill themselves in the past four weeks of lockdown than in a normal YEAR, and says deaths by suicide have far outstripped the coronavirus toll

May 22, 2020 - Daily Mail UK

LONDON (Daily Mail UK) - California has seen a year's worth of suicide attempts in the space of four weeks during coronavirus lockdown, according to a trauma doctor.

Medical professionals at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California have revealed their experiences in the hospital's trauma center after mental health took a nosedive amid lockdown.

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.

Trump pushes hard for May 1 reopening of U.S.

April 25, 2020 - Washington Post

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.

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