Thousands of Americans backed by rightwing donors gear up for protests - 2020-04-19

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F345.png Thousands of Americans backed by rightwing donors gear up for protests April 19, 2020, Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian

Yet while organisers claim the protests are grassroots- and people-driven, a closer look reveals a movement driven by traditional rightwing groups, including one funded by the family of Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVos.

The rallies have drawn comparisons to the Tea Party movement, which sprang into life in 2009 following the election of Barack Obama and was driven in part by Americans for Prosperity, a group founded by rightwing donors Charles and David Koch.

As with the Tea Party, the anti-stay-at-home movement has been promoted by a rightwing media eager for the economy to reopen, including Fox News which on Friday aired a segment on protests in Virginia, Michigan and Minnesota. Two minutes later, Trump tweeted to his 77.4 million followers the need to "liberate" those states.

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{{cite news | first = Adam | last = Gabbatt | title = Thousands of Americans backed by rightwing donors gear up for protests | url = https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/18/coronavirus-americans-protest-stay-at-home | work = The Guardian | date = April 19, 2020 | accessdate = April 20, 2020 }}