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.

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.

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