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Powerful GOP Allies Propel Trump Effort To Reopen Economy

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People protest against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus outbreak Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in downtown Lansing, Mich. at the State Capitol.

WASHINGTON  — Leading Republicans say the coronavirus shutdown cannot go on. Behind President Donald Trump’s effort to accelerate the U.S. economic re-opening during the pandemic is a contingent of GOP allies eager to have his back.

It’s a potent alliance of big money business interests, religious freedom conservatives and small-government activists.

They are reminiscent of the tea party rebellion a decade ago, and are gaining currency as a counter-point to the health professionals who warn of potentially deadly consequences from easing coronavirus restrictions too soon.

Democrats warn that jumping ahead of public health guidelines could have disastrous effects. 

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