"Astroturf": Gun rights activists and prominent GOP donors push protests of coronavirus restrictions - 2020-04-20

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F358.png "Astroturf": Gun rights activists and prominent GOP donors push protests of coronavirus restrictions April 20, 2020, Igor Derysh, Salon

A network of pro-gun activists and numerous prominent Republican groups are behind at least some of the protests of coronavirus restrictions seen around the country in recent days.

Some of the largest Facebook groups calling for protests around the country are run by three far-right gun activists who believe the National Rifle Association (NRA) is too liberal, The Washington Post reported.

Ben Dorr, the political director of the fringe group Minnesota Gun Rights, and his brothers, Christopher and Aaron, organized about 200,000 combined members in Facebook groups aimed at states like Wisconsin, Ohio and New York by Sunday, according to The Post.

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