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The experts are balking, but Trump apparently sees some reinforcement in anti-stay-at-home demonstrators


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SOURCE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/17/experts-are-balking-trump-apparently-sees-some-reinforcement-anti-stay-at-home-demonstrators/
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But we have large sections of the country, right now, that can start to think about opening.”As has been the case since he entered the White House, the group that is likely to have the most sway over the president is his base — regardless of its relatively small share of the population.Here was the scene in Michigan, according to The Post’s Dave Weigel:Trump could have affirmed his supporters or discouraged them from gathering publicly to protect their health and those with which they come in contact. And they also stood outside the Michigan state Capitol chanting “Lock Her Up!” — the anti-Hillary Clinton chant that originated during the 2016 presidential campaign — despite Whitmer having done nothing illegal.John Weaver, a Republican who co-founded Project Lincoln, a conservative effort to defeat Trump, highlighted the racist undertones in these protests: “These professional white victim protesters are the same knuckleheads who turn out when given the ham radio call from deep within the MAGA bunker, complete with racist Confederate flags and armed to the teeth.

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