• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Could Anti-Lockdown Protests in the United States Help Trump Win This Fall?

  1. “It’s once you see the coordination at a macro level that you recognize this is not a grassroots movement.”

    Out of curiosity which protests that receive national attention on both the left and the right don’t involve coordination at a macro level? Are you willing to dismiss protests such as the “cat hat” women’s protests following Trump’s election? I personally don’t believe you are yet those were formed via similar channels except on different sides of the political spectrum.

    Your argument is a double standard unless you apply it to leftist protests as well. We both know you won’t do so of course.

    I’d also like to point out that that both Stanford and Los Angeles are showing a severely decreased mortality rate of covid-19 due to the infection rate being significantly higher than reported. Of course this is due to the many people who only experience mild symptoms or possibly even no symptoms.

    People were afraid because of supposed death rates of 4% not 0.4%. If the mortality rates end up below 0.5% there will be a lot of people questioning why we disrupted businesses, jobs, and leisure.

    The true authoritarians are the ones arresting citizens for ignoring stay at home orders. People have the right to assemble. That is why people are protesting. It isn’t the Republicans who are being authoritarian here by wanting an end to stay at home orders. It is the people who are demanding by force that everyone does so. The people who are scared for their lives are more than welcome to just stay home until this passes. Those who want to go out should be able to do so.

  2. I already knew halfway through reading this piece that it had to be written by Rich Barlow since it is so biased and one sided against Republicans as usual. Although It was interesting to learn about how these protests are being manipulated by outside interest groups. However, it’s not surprising that there was zero mention of democrats such as George Soros or Michael Bloomberg that also throw their money around to ‘support’ so called grassroots causes that they control.

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