Anti-Lockdown Protests Driven by Far-Right Social Media

Small bands of protesters are staging anti-quarantine protests mostly in Democratic states in the U.S., demanding an end to social-distancing restrictions. While the demonstrations have been relatively small, the movement has cultivated a louder voice through far-right social media.

Scores of newly registered domain names with the word “reopen” have been linked to gun advocates, and activists who oppose vaccines and abortions, in addition to “Truckers for Trump,” have joined the fight on Facebook. Even Trump tweeted “Liberate Minnesota!” as well as Michigan and Virginia, encouraging followers to protest stay-at-home orders.

But the movement may be less of a grassroots effort than the online uproar suggests. A Pew Research Center poll found two-thirds of Americans were more concerned the economy would reopen too quickly, and three-quarters believed the worst is still to come in the U.S. outbreak.

Trump expressed support for the protesters again at Tuesday’s White House press briefing: “People want to get back to work, and they’re doing social distancing, if you can believe it.”

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