New NPR podcast explores the gun-loving brothers behind St. Paul anti-quarantine protest

New NPR podcast explores the gun-loving brothers behind St. Paul anti-quarantine protest

What do guns, Trump, and wanting the COVID-19 lockdown over yesterday have in common? The Dorr brothers, it turns out. Facebook Remember back in April, when a bunch of people with Trump flags gathered in a crowd outside the governor’s mansion in St. Paul, honked their car horns, and demanded the COVID lockdown end? It was a moment worthy of its own story , one about economic hardship, wild misinterpretation of or outright contempt for public health mandates, and Jason Lewis’s bigass RV. But a particular part of that moment also caught the attention of national news media: the presence and social media agitation of three brothers: Aaron, Chris, and Ben Dorr. The Dorr brothers have been galvanizing a massive network of “non-compromising gun rights organizations” across the nation, mostly powered via Facebook. They have one here in Minnesota, but also in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New York, Iowa, and a heaping handful of other states. Ben was actually at the protest that day. For most, their arrival (and, based on news coverage , their ability to provoke grassroots protests everywhere at once) was probably pretty confusing. What did gun rights have to do with quarantine, and what did these three dudes and their huge Facebook presence have to do with Minnesota and Gov. Tim Walz? NPR is taking a stab at those questions with its new podcast, No Compromise. It’s hosted by reporters Lisa Hagen and Chris Haxel, who take listeners on a deep dive of all things Dorr […]

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