Trump's fake protest movement: Authoritarian stagecraft meets white privilege - 2020-05-07
Rallies such as those in Lansing, Michigan, and numerous other state capitals are staged events. They provide a platform for fraudulent versions of "populism," supposed expressions of the "people's will" and "legitimate anger." This is the stagecraft of authoritarians and other illegitimate leaders and governments.
In reality, the Trump movement's "protests" are funded by members of his regime and other right-wing organizers. These "populist" protests are also being summoned by Trump's right-wing news media propaganda machine, plutocrats and Christian nationalist leaders.
In total, Trump's pseudo-populist coronavirus "protests" are tainted at the root. They are celebrations of white privilege, white racism and white rage.