The blockade and ‘infection party’ financed by Betsy DeVos (Blackwater?) and the ‘Michigan Freedom Party which she runs as Secretary of Education for Trump. Additional “dark money” protest funders were extremist Adolf Coors, Koch Industries (Big Coal and BIG Toilet Paper..you just can’t make this up), Donors Capital Fund and Donors Trust
A note on Erik. VT’s Mark Siljander, a one time Michigan Congresssman until jailed by Bush 43, appointed Prince (Prinz) to Annapolis, where it is claimed he graduated. He washed out freshman year and was sent to Hillsdale College, a small Michigan school where mom and dad could look out for him.
Prince joined the Navy in 1992 but left that as well, quitting to take over the family business when his father died. Oh how facts differ from fantasy.
Guardian: A wave of planned anti-lockdown demonstrations that have broken out around the country to protest the efforts of state governments to combat the coronavirus pandemic with business closures and stay-at-home orders have included far-right groups as well as more mainstream Republicans.
While protesters in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and other states claim to speak for ordinary citizens, many are also supported by street-fighting rightwing groups like the Proud Boys, conservative armed militia groups, religious fundamentalists, anti-vaccination groups and other elements of the radical right.
On Wednesday in Lansing, Michigan, a protest put together by two Republican-connected not-for-profits was explicitly devised to cause gridlock in the city, and block the entrance to a local hospital.
It was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition, which Michigan state corporate filings show has also operated under the name of Michigan Trump Republicans. It was also heavily promoted by the Michigan Freedom Fund, a group linked to Trump cabinet member Betsy DeVos.
But the protest also attracted far-right protest groups who have been present at pro-Trump and gun rights rallies in Michigan throughout the Trump presidency.
In fact, the man is Phil Robinson, the prime mover in a group called the Michigan Liberty Militia, whose Facebook page features pictures of firearms, warnings of civil war, celebrations of Norse paganism, and memes ultimately sourced from white nationalist groups like Patriot Front. read more…