Trump allies have their fingerprints on lockdown protests - 2020-04-21
Vuillemont-Smith was one of the first to contact FreedomWorks about the protests. The group has since helped connect activists in the same area, promoted rallies and helped supply signs.
The help might be paying off. Hundreds of cars joined Vuillemont-Smith's original protest in Oklahoma City last Wednesday. Two other smaller rallies were held Monday in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. And Vuillemont-Smith said she is planning another one for later this week.
"We're a service," said Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks. He said the group, which started hearing from activists about potential protests on April 13, recently did a survey of 70,000 members and found that 9 percent are unemployed and 24 percent have had their reduced hours.
"We're very careful not to parachute in," Brandon added.