Stephen Moore, a member of President Donald Trump’s council to reopen the country, said he is helping to plan a “drive-in” to protest Wisconsin’s stay-at-home orders.
“They’re going to shut down the Capitol — shh, don’t tell anybody,” Moore, a Trump ally who also serves as an outside economic adviser to the president, said in a video posted to a libertarian think tank’s YouTube page earlier this week. "We need to be the Rosa Parks here and protest against these government injustices,” he added.
The economics commentator told CBS News on Friday that he believed the White House had waited too long to re-open the country and the country’s economy couldn’t wait for more widespread coronavirus testing to become available.
Moore’s plan comes as scores of protesters have taken to streets across some of the U.S.’s state capitals, railing against governors’ shutdown policies they argue harm the economy and Americans’ constitutional rights.
Trump announced on Thursday a three-phased approach to re-open parts of the country before breaking with the new guidelines on Friday in a series of tweets that called on some Democratic governors to "LIBERATE" their lockdown-stricken states.
Protesters in Wisconsin announced a “Freedom Rally” to be held on April 24 after Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 26.
Moore said in the video he had spoken to an unnamed donor in the state who promised to “pay the bail and legal fees” for anyone who gets arrested during the rally.
“We’re going to see a lot more of [the protests],” Moore predicted. “So, this is a great time, gentleman and ladies, for civil disobedience."
"I think actually think we should have started this a week or two ago,” Moore said in Friday’s interview with CBS’s Major Garrett. "I don’t think we can wait two or three or four more weeks for testing … The rate of infection to the economy is very similar to the rate of infection of this disease."
Business leaders on Wednesday called on Trump during his council’s first conference call to increase the scale and scope of coronavirus testing before people felt safe to leave their homes.
Moore, who has argued the Federal Reserve should “be responsive” to the president, was picked by Trump for a seat on the central bank’s board in March 2019. The former Trump campaign adviser withdrew from consideration in May 2019 after his selection spurred public and private criticism, including from many GOP lawmakers who expressed wariness over disparaging comments he made about women and fellow Republicans.