What's More Alarming Than Whacky Anti-Lockdown Protests? A Plan to Mainstream Them - 2020-04-30
For starters, the lockdown issue is an intensely polarized one. Recent polling by Axios/ Ipsos found that only 49% of Republicans are "very concerned" about coronavirus, down from 56% last week. That's compared to 80% of Democrats. And the lockdowns are broadly viewed as a necessary evil: The vast majority of Americans believe that social distancing should continue to avoid a possible second wave of infections, and a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found that 73% of American voters believe social distancing should continue, even if it causes additional harm to the economy.
In addition, even if the majority of people coming out to anti-lockdown protests are Americans who are desperate to return to work, they've been lumped in with the loud conspiracy theorists whose rhetoric and ideas have given the movement a more sinister shape and tone. Some protesters have carried signs promoting bizarre conspiracies, like 5G causing coronavirus — or shown up heavily armed.
American Revolution 2.0 has been no exception to this; Facebook removed their page earlier this month after Motherboard reported on some of the dangerous conspiracies and disinformation circulating on it. But on the very same day they got the boot, they were back — this time as a private Facebook group called "AR2."