Larry Kramer was part of a small organization that used "in your face" tactics to make America aware that we were dying of a plague while America looked the other way.
Conservatives learned from Larry's success. In late 2000 while Florida was counting votes the GOP sent operatives to shout and carry signs creating a circus that allowed the Supreme Court of the United States to ORDER Florida to stop counting votes. Now corporate interests are throwing out all the stops to get a small group of people to protest in state houses about "opening up" America, demanding the right to endanger others.
The difference was that Larry fought for our lives, while the GOP is fighting for our deaths.
Small groups matter. Ask a "Proud Boy" how easy it is to create hate.