Lockdown be damned, say US right-wingers with links to Trump
Conservative groups deny Republican puppetmasters are pulling strings to open the economy. Do we believe them?
At an anti-lockdown protest in Richmond, the capital of Virginia, last week, demonstrators wielded signs saying “I’m essential” and “Let me work”.
The wording was not entirely spontaneous. It was suggested in a “planning guide” provided by FreedomWorks, a conservative group based in Washington advocating for less government, and with links to Republican movement the Tea Party.
It is just one of a number of organisations in the background seeking to assist the wave of US demonstrations. Others include pro-gun groups, anti-abortion campaigners, donors and political operators, some with direct links to US president Donald Trump...