Trump Ally Issues Ridiculous Praise For Illegal Demonstrations

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Economist Stephen Moore, who is an ally of President Donald Trump and currently serves as a member of the White House task force handling the issue of reopening the U.S. economy after Coronavirus-induced social distancing measures, apparently thinks that the people protesting those social distancing measures are on the level of famous civil rights activist Rosa Parks. She, of course, refused to give up her seat on a bus during the era of enforced racial segregation. Meanwhile, the anti-social distancing protesters have 2020 have refused to abide by the simple demand to stay home because of the not exactly secretive, tangible problem of the pandemic virus that’s killed over 38,000 Americans.

Besides announcing that he’d help plan a protest against the stay-at-home order in Wisconsin, Moore insisted:

‘This is a great time for civil disobedience. We need to be the Rosa Parks here and protest against these government injustices… We’re going to see a lot more of [the protests]. So this is a great time, gentleman and ladies, for civil disobedience.

And on Friday, he added to The Washington Post:

‘I think there’s a boiling point that has been reached and exceeded. I call these people the modern-day Rosa Parks — they are protesting against injustice and a loss of liberties.’

And everybody else calls them dangerously inept.

Comparing the two interests is, quite simply, ludicrous. Parks stood up for the basic human rights of people oppressed to the point of not being allowed to use public services to the same degree as their white counterparts. Anti-social distancing protesters are upset about restrictions on business activity that are in place because of the almost 40,000 dead Americans. Giving the protesters opting to prioritize their bruised egos over the lives of their fellow Americans some kind of valiance is just ridiculous.

North Carolina Democratic Congressional contender Scott Huffman posed the question:

‘Could you have imagined the outcome if Rosa brought a gun to the bus?’

And anti-Trump conservative Bill Kristol added:

‘Congratulations to Trump adviser Stephen Moore on a comment at once strikingly stupid and deeply offensive.’

An unsettling implication of Moore’s remarks stems from his role as an adviser to the president of the United States. Moore said recently that he thinks “we lean way too much in the direction of keeping the economy shut down to try to save every life,” as if he prioritizes financial security for the economy at large over the lives of individual everyday Americans. This rhetoric is the kind of nonsense getting spewed in the president’s ear as the administration works on the literally life-and-death question of reopening the economy after national social distancing guidelines are allowed to expire. Just the other day, Trump proclaimed that citizens in states like Michigan should “liberate” their states — which sounds like he’s encouraging insurrection and/or rioting.

Numerous states have launched pacts with fellow states in their immediate vicinity, with whom they’ve agreed to coordinate any efforts to reopen the economy in their areas. Governors in the New England area have even explicitly been seeking to “Trump-proof” their own collective plan.