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In a Play to His Base, US President Demands That Churches Open "Right Now": Twitter Talks Back

Posted on the 22 May 2020 by William Lindsey @wdlindsy

President Trump says the country must reopen churches and other places of worship because they are essential.

He said, “If they don’t do it, I will override the governors.”

The President left without taking questions.— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) May 22, 2020

The president has long been fixated on holding onto his evangelical base. @GabbyOrr_ peels back part of what today was about >— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 22, 2020

Trump is calling houses of worship “essential” and urging governors to reopen them immediately.

There is a way to reopen the indoors safely. But two of the most dramatic super-spreader events in the world happened in churches—in Korea and France.— Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) May 22, 2020

35 of the 92 people (38%) who attended services at a rural Arkansas church March 6–11 tested positive for the coronavirus, ultimately killing three, according to a case study released by the CDC.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 22, 2020

CDC: "Among 92 attendees at a rural Arkansas church during March 6–11, 35 (38%) developed laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, and three persons died"— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 22, 2020

Arkansas is one of only a handful of states that never issued a stay-at-home order.

Nearly every day this week, the state has reported an increase in COVID-19 cases.— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 22, 2020

State sees largest daily COVID-19 increase yet. #ARnews— KARK 4 News (@KARK4News) May 22, 2020

Catholics and Lutherans in Minnesota plan to buck their state’s governor and reopen churches May 26— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 22, 2020

As Minnesota Catholic bishops announce that they will defy public health orders and hold congregate mass...
priests in Maple Lake MN announce that multiple parishioners, priests, and the monsignor have all contracted the virus:— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) May 21, 2020

Over 1,200 pastors across California have vowed to reopen their churches for in-person services on May 31, a sweeping act of protest against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s restrictions on religious gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 21, 2020

The President says that he will "override the governors" and force states to allow churches to open. Churches should not open (or close) by order of a president, but because it is safe to do so. To open churches before it is safe puts lives at risk. And that would be anti-life...— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) May 22, 2020

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