Lockdown be damned, say US right-wingers with links to Trump

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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?

Nick Allen

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...

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