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Corporate Genocide and COVID-19 Class Warfare

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Wealthy corporations love it when average people do the corporations' dirty work.

All across the country, right-wing donors are using their money the Supreme Court has determined equals "free speech" to convince angry white Republicans "those people are coming" to rip freedom right out of their hands.

By now, many of us have seen either first hand or via media thousands of Trump supporters protesting Democratic governors' coronavirus shelter-at-home orders.

Taking their cue from this month's "operation gridlock" protest at the Michigan state capitol, rally organizers intend to force governors to lift orders designed to stop the coronavirus spread, despite public health officials' recommendations.

Texas, Indiana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Maryland, Utah, Ohio, and Wisconsin, have seen similar protests.

Brandishing Gadsden flags, American flags, swastikas, rifles, and signs exclaiming "The cure is worse than the virus!" and "Reopen __(fill in state here)__!", protesters believe they are exercising independence defending the independence they have been convinced has been abrogated.

That message has been brought to them by none other than a variety of deep-pocketed right-wing groups who not only want to see Donald Trump re-elected so they can continue enjoying their tax breaks and regulations rollbacks; they also celebrate ordinary citizens tearing each other apart at this time when unity is most needed.

According to The Washington Post:

"The outside effort from conservative groups is expected to be led by Stephen Moore, a conservative at the Heritage Foundation who is close with White House economic officials; Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots; Adam Brandon, president of FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy organization; and Lisa Nelson, chief executive of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization with ties to the Koch brothers, according to the three people, who were granted anonymity to reveal details of an effort that had not been publicly revealed.

"Part of the impetus for the conservative group effort is political. Many conservatives, who had long counted on a roaring economy to lift the GOP in November, are increasingly uneasy about the party's chances if businesses remain shuttered."

Trump is, of course, encouraging this militia behavior, tweeting:

LIBERATE MINNESOTA!

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020

He tweeted similar incitements for Virginia and Michigan.

Friday morning, he tweeted:

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