Texas conservatives call stay-at-home orders ‘tyranny.’ Some lawmakers agree.

Texas conservatives call stay-at-home orders ‘tyranny.’ Some lawmakers agree.

Taylor Goldenstein April 14, 2020

A group of conservatives, including an influential Texas activist, penned an open letter to President Donald Trump this week, asking him to restart the economy and “let Americans manage their own risks,” while decrying expanded government benefits as a step toward socialism.

“Sadly, many state and local governments are not following the personal responsibility approach you advocated,” they wrote. “They are using wrong and confusing data to strip Americans of basic liberties, and to advance tyranny at an alarming rate.”

The letter was written by Tim Dunn, the chair of the Tea Party-aligned activist group Empower Texans — whose political action committee has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Texas conservatives — as well as Darrell Scott and Kareem Lanier, co-founders of the Urban Revitalization Coalition and board members of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump.

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