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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 > https://t.co/xaSsqGOI6I— 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.https://t.co/P3G3NceQxP pic.twitter.com/gONnECYnNB— 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. https://t.co/rQipEwK3bx— 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" https://t.co/F2yMH0gCEn https://t.co/3uROOW8xXX— 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. https://t.co/omsvRJaSqI— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 22, 2020

State sees largest daily COVID-19 increase yet. #ARnews https://t.co/Pw84SFCMIx— KARK 4 News (@KARK4News) May 22, 2020

Catholics and Lutherans in Minnesota plan to buck their state’s governor and reopen churches May 26 https://t.co/gYjNp0FxZM— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 22, 2020

As Minnesota Catholic bishops announce that they will defy public health orders and hold congregate mass...https://t.co/Yre2egKXiJ
priests in Maple Lake MN announce that multiple parishioners, priests, and the monsignor have all contracted the virus:https://t.co/yaSAMloSiX— 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 https://t.co/MY57ncBniz— 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... https://t.co/pgvqRDYkFv— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) May 22, 2020

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